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For Your Reading Pleasure: Global Warming Evolution and the Origin of Eukaryotes

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerAug 8, 2009 12:10 AM

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Two of my stories came out this week--one on the near future, and one on the distant past. 1. Global warming is beginning to drive evolution of plants and animals. And soon it will be shifting to high gear. Read more at Yale Environment 360. 2. You, me, and the mushroom over there are all eukaryotes. So are slime molds and Giardia. We all share a number of features that set us apart from prokaryotes like E. coli. The split between eukaryotes and other living things is arguably the deepest in all life. In this week's issue of Science, I have an essay that looks at how the basic eukaryote cell, complete with nucleus, mitochondria, and all its other bells and whistles came to be. Check it out (here or here). And you can also listen to me talk about the question on this week's Science podcast here.

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