Symbiogenesis played a crucial role in the origin of eukaryotic cell and in further progressive evolution. It led to complexification of coding systems as a result of merging individual genomes of prokaryotic cells. Horizontal gene transfer which is common among prokaryotes appeared as the engine for the origin of eukaryotic cells. Further progressive evolution included several events of secondary endosymbiosis that resulted in appearance of different taxonomic groups of eukaryotes.
The current issue will explore, in particular, the role of horizontal gene transfer and symbiogenesis at the evolutionary scale. There are many challenges and unresolved questions in the problem of origin of eukaryotic cells and complex multicellular organisms in relation to horizontal gene transfer and other coding events arising from interaction of different genomes leading to complexification of biosystems that will be explored in the special issue. The papers collected in this issue, will present concrete approaches for understanding the role of symbiogenesis in the evolutionary process and suggest computational models to describe the emergence of complex biological systems.
The issue is dedicated to the founders of the concept of symbiogenesis Boris Kozo-Polyansky (1890-1957) and Lynn Margulis (1938-2011), the former chief editor of BioSystems who proved this concept and introduced it into the mainstream of evolutionary theory.
The deadline for manuscript submissions is December 01, 2020 with publication in the early 2021.
Guide for author page: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/biosystems/0303-2647/guide-for-authors
The submission link: https://www.editorialmanager.com/BIOSYS/default.aspx
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed following standard BioSystems journal procedures. All communications on manuscript submission and peer reviewing will be managed within the Elsevier Editorial Manager System. Upon manuscript submission choose the type of paper “VSI: Symbiogenesis” and indicate in the cover letter that your manuscript is prepared for the special issue on Symbiogenesis.
Please direct questions to any of Special Issue editors.
Special Issue Editors:
Dr. George Mikhailovsky (President, Global Mind Share, Norfolk, VA, USA) ([email protected], [email protected])
Dr. Richard Gordon (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA) ([email protected])
Dr. Abir U. Igamberdiev (Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada) ([email protected]), Editor-in-Chief of BioSystems