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The Social Amoebae: The Biology of Cellular Slime Molds

The Social Amoebae The Biology of Cellular Slime Molds Noted biologist and author John Tyler Bonner has experimented with cellular slime molds for than sixty years and he has done than anyone else to raise these peculiar collections of amoebae from a min

  • Title: The Social Amoebae: The Biology of Cellular Slime Molds
  • Author: John Tyler Bonner
  • ISBN: 9780691139395
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Noted biologist and author John Tyler Bonner has experimented with cellular slime molds for than sixty years, and he has done than anyone else to raise these peculiar collections of amoebae from a minor biological curiosity to a major model organism one that is widely studied for clues to the development and evolution of all living things Now, five decades afteNoted biologist and author John Tyler Bonner has experimented with cellular slime molds for than sixty years, and he has done than anyone else to raise these peculiar collections of amoebae from a minor biological curiosity to a major model organism one that is widely studied for clues to the development and evolution of all living things Now, five decades after he published his first pioneering book on cellular slime molds, Bonner steps back from the proliferating and increasingly specialized knowledge about the organism to provide a broad, nontechnical picture of its whole biology, including its evolution, sociobiology, ecology, behavior, and development The Social Amoebae draws the big lessons from decades of research, and shows how slime molds fit into and illuminate biology as a whole Slime molds are very different from other organisms they feed as individual amoebae before coming together to form a multicellular organism that has a remarkable ability to move and orient itself in its environment Further, these social amoebae display a sophisticated division of labor within each organism, some cells form the stalk and others become the spores that will seed the next generation In The Social Amoebae, Bonner examines all these parts together, giving a balanced, concise, and clear overview of slime mold biology, from molecules to cells to multicells, as he advances some unconventional and unexpected insights.

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    1. This is a lovely little book on cellular slime molds, some of which have become model organisms for studies of social evolution and the origin of multicellularity—they are much easier to perform experiments on than ants and bees, for obvious reasons. The aim of the book is to give a concise overview of all aspects of the biology of slime molds, and it certainly achieves this aim. For those primarily interested in evolutionary questions, and especially questions of social evolution and the orig [...]

    2. Dr. Bonner's enthusiasm for his "beloved" slime molds is apparent on every page. The Social Amoebae is a compact 125+ pages, and is written in an approachable and entertaining style. Dr. Bonner provides a nice background, the life cycle, evolution, and ecology of slim molds. He provides updates on the state-of-study in this area, and does so with approachable/understandable prose. One sentence jumped of the page in Chapter 5 "Behavior": If a result is greeted with disbelief, or even scorn by the [...]

    3. This should have been a concise, 10-page article. Instead it's a point against the scientists in the eternal battle of scientists-versus-writers-writing-science. This is an enthusiastic but woefully unedited ramble by a slime mold expert.

    4. This book does an amazing job of describing how a person could spend an entire career studying a usually single-celled organism called a "slime mold." This really belongs with other "popular" science books by people like Carl Sagan and William Beebe

    5. I felt like I was reading a scientific paper where the language was a bit easier to understand. For some reason I was expecting more interesting stories about peculiar slime molds, even though that's clearly not what the book description says the book is about.

    6. You know it's going to be a good read when the book begins with 'I have lived with my beloved slime molds for a long time'. Brief but interesting, the author's enthusiasm is the icing on the cake.

    7. Starts off very interesting, particularly if you know nothing about slime moulds, but it soon feels too brief and I was left unsatisfied by the lack of detail.

    8. A very short but enjoyable read. I wish there was a similar book on plasmodial slime molds, though as it turns out, the cellular slime molds are every bit as interesting.

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