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By unlocking the evolutionary information contained in cells, biologists have been able to construct the Tree of Life and show that its three main stems are dominated by microbes. Plants and animals constitute a small upper branch in one stem. Soon we may know how life began over 3.5 billion years ago. John Ingraham tells this story of discovery.-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part One. Discovering the tree of life -- 1. The tree's microbial branches -- 2. Relationships among organisms -- 3. Enter DNA -- 4. The Rosetta Stone -- 5. From the tree's roots to its branches -- Part Two. Doubts and complications -- 6. Genes from neighbors -- 7. Can the receiving cell just say no? -- 8. Can the tree be trusted? -- Part Three. Understanding the tree of life -- 9. The tree's Ecological Fruit -- 10. The tree's beginnings.