endosymbiotic theory


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endosymbiotic theory

n.
A theory stating that the eukaryotes evolved through a process whereby different types of free-living prokaryotes became incorporated inside larger prokaryotic cells and eventually developed into mitochondria, chloroplasts, and possibly other organelles.

endosymbiotic theory

the proposition that symbiosis between different prokaryotes gave rise to eukaryotic cells.
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Horizontal (or lateral) gene transfer (HGT) overlaps with the endosymbiotic theory of organelles.
The sixth chapter is dedicated to the serial endosymbiotic theory (SET) and its biosemiotic update.
The endosymbiotic theory was put forward by Lynn Margulis in the early 1970s [5]; though controversial at the time, it has gained acceptance during the intervening years.