Tuesday, January 17, 2017


According to Wikipedia, at least for the moment, "symbiogenesis" is the same as "endosymbiotic theory". But that is not in accordance with Lynn Margulis´ use of the terms. She was the most prominent of users of both these terms, but when Wikipedia defines it in this way, by giving the common explanation of the term endosymbiosis to both there terms, then the real meaning of the word symbiogenesis will for many people remain unknown.

Symbiogenesis is in general a transfer of genetic information from one organism to another, e.g. a bacterium to a eukaryote. Endosymbiosis is the inclusion of a bacterium inside a eukaryotic cell.

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