Origin of Group Identity

Viruses, Addiction and Cooperation

Authors: Villarreal, Luis P.

  • Author Luis Villarreal is one of the most respected virologists and a true leader in the field
  • Traces the evolution of biological identity systems from simple unicellular life forms, through the "tree of life" all the way to complex hominid social structures
  • Evaluates the role of genetic parasites in the origination of addiction based molecular strategies
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From bacteria to humans, all life has ways to recognize themselves and differentiate themselves from similar life forms. The ability to recognize similarity can be called group identity or group membership and also relates to group cooperation. Even viruses have the capacity for group identity and cooperation. However, those viruses that stably colonize bacteria can directly affect the group identity of their host. Starting with this virus-host relationship, this book traces the origin and evolution of group identity. By examining the stable, extrachromosomal viruses of bacteria, a strategy has been defined that is used for both virus persistence and group identity; this is the addiction module of phage P1. Thus, this book examines how genetic parasites and addiction modules have been involved in the origin of toxins/antitoxins modules as systems of group identity and immunity. The origin of sensory systems for light and small molecule (pheromone) detection and production, social motility, and programmed cell death are all examined. From the emergence of worms with brains, to vertebrate fish, to insects and tetrapods, olfaction and pheromones were maintained for group identity purposes and linked to addictive social bonding. In the African primates and humans, however, a great colonization by genetic parasites mostly destroyed this pheromone based system of social identity. This compelled primates to evolve enlarged social brains that used vision to learn group identity. Humans additionally evolved an even larger social brain and also developed a mind able to learned language and beliefs to specify group identity.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Human Group Identity: Language and a Social Mind

    Villarreal, Luis P.

    Pages 1-89

  • An Overview: Identity from Bacteria to Belief

    Villarreal, Luis P.

    Pages 1-26

  • The Prokaryotes: Virus, Hyperparasites and the Origin of Group Identity

    Villarreal, Luis P.

    Pages 27-100

  • Sensory Systems (Light, Odor, Pheromones) in Communities of Oceanic Microbes

    Villarreal, Luis P.

    Pages 101-127

  • Subjugation of the Individual; Prokaryotic Group Living – Blooms, Slime and Mats

    Villarreal, Luis P.

    Pages 129-163

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Origin of Group Identity
Book Subtitle
Viruses, Addiction and Cooperation
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-77998-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-77998-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-77997-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9040-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 614
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