Building the Most Complex Structure on Earth provides readers with a basic biological education an easy and understandable introduction into a new epigenetic theory of development and evolution. This is a novel theory that describes the epigenetic mechanisms of the development and evolution of animals and explains the colossal evolution and diversification of animals from a new post-genetic perspective. Modern biology has demonstrated the existence of a common genetic toolkit in the animal kingdom, but neither the number of genes nor the evolution of new genes is responsible for the development and evolution of animals. The failure to understand how the same genetic toolkit is used to produce millions of widely different animal forms remains a perplexing conundrum in modern biology. The novel theory shows that the development and evolution of the animal kingdom are functions of epigenetic mechanisms, which are the competent users of the genetic toolkit.
- Provides a comprehensive view of the epigenetic aspects of reproduction, development, and evolution.
- Highly rigorous, but simple enough for readers with only a basic knowledge of biology.
Students and teachers of life sciences, medicine, veterinary, psychology, botany.
1. Control Systems in the Living World
The Nature of Living Systems
The Principle of Entropy and Erosion of Material Structures
What Does It Take to Build Improbable Structures?
The Control System in Unicellulars
The Structure of the Cytoskeleton
Centrosomes as Microtubule-Organizing Centers
Can the Cytoskeleton Compute?
The Control System in Plants
The Plant Bauplan and Control System
Hormones in the Plant Control System
Searching for the Plant Control System
Searching for the Controller of the Control System in Plants
2. Epigenetics of Reproduction in Animals
Newmann’s Machines: Living Organisms Defy Human Imagination
Reproduction in Unicellulars
Reproduction in Single-Celled Prokaryotes
Reproduction in Single-Celled Eukaryotes
Asexual Reproduction in Ciliates
Reproduction in Fungi
Asexual Reproduction in Fungi
Sexual Reproduction in Yeasts
Sexual Reproduction in Green Algae (Chlorophyta)
Asexual Reproduction in Green Algae
Asexual Reproduction in Metazoans
Sexual Reproduction in Sponges
Reproduction in Eumetazoans
Asexual Reproduction in Eumetazoans
Sexual Reproduction—the Prevalent Mode of Reproduction of Multicellulars
Production of Egg Cells—Oogenesis
Hermaphroditism in Metazoans
Sex Evolution and Sex Determination in Eumetazoans
Epigenetic Determination of the Primary Sex in Vertebrates
A Single Genetic Toolkit, but Breathtaking Diversity of Forms
A User of the Genetic Toolkit
Epigenetic Programming of Gene Expression in the Egg
Deposition of Maternal Determinants in the Egg
Regulation of the Len
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Department of Biology, University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
"Nelson R. Cabej has written an ambitious and well-researched text on non-genetic control mechanisms in biology. The focus is on how living structures are built and maintained at every level from the intracellular to the architectural…It's designed as a stand-alone textbook for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course in epigenetics, or a book of interest to researchers."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013