The parasitic bacterium Wolbachia and the origin of the eukaryotic cell

A. V. Markov, I. A. Zakharov, Paleontological Journal

This scientific abstract analyzes the relationships between eukaryotes and alphaproteobacteria, specifically Wolbachia pipientis, as a key in understanding the rise of mitochondria leading to the origin of the eukaryotic cell. It compares and contrasts Wolbachia and mitochondria, leading to a discussion of lateral gene transfer in the evolution of proto-eukaryotes. The full article is available in PDF format and may require a subscription to the Paleontological Journal.

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Subject: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology, Microbiology, Evolution:Principles, Processes, Biology:Ecology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)