The Evolution of Control Mechanisms in Cellular Differentiation

  • D. E. S. Truman


One can picture the growth of our understanding of biological phenomena as a dialogue between the theory of evolution by natural selection, on the one hand, and the ever growing range of experimental studies of living systems on the other. Our concepts of evolution are dependent on what we know of present-day living systems, but also our appreciation of such systems can be illuminated by taking an evolutionary perspective of them. I want to view the control of gene expression during cellular differentiation from the vantage point of biological evolution and to provide a background of geological fact and biological speculation which might help us to appreciate the control mechanisms of contemporary gene expression.


Cellular Differentiation Globin Gene Chloramphenicol Acetyl Transferase Eukaryotic Kingdom Early Eukaryote 
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  • D. E. S. Truman
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  1. 1.Department of GeneticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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