Spherophylon, the concept of life at a level higher than that of the individual

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Abstract

A new term, spherophylon, indicates a unit of life higher than the individual level. To define this term, critical notes are given on the meaning of age in terms of life, the interrelationships among the elements of biodiversity, and an analogy of development between the multicellular body of an individual and the spherophylon. Life is compared at various levels; at the level of the cell, the individual as a multicellular organism, and the spherophylon. The biology of the spherophylon is discussed in the context of integrative biology. <br><br>(Communicated by Yasuyuki YAMADA, M.J.A.)

Journal

  • Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series B

    Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series B 82(8), 270-277, 2006

    The Japan Academy

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130000093837
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00785485
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0386-2208
  • NDL Article ID
    8561858
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZS8(科学技術--医学--解剖学・生理学・生化学) // ZR1(科学技術--生物学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-T495
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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