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Richard Firn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566839.001.0001

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The Evolution of Metabolism

The Evolution of Metabolism

(p.189) 9 The Evolution of Metabolism
Nature's Chemicals

Richard Firn

Oxford University Press

In biology, many long-held categorisations were finally abandoned because they were no longer productive or meaningful, or they lacked an adequate evolutionary underpinning. This chapter presents a model for the evolution of metabolism that explains why the terms ‘primary metabolism’ and ‘secondary metabolism’ should now be consigned to history.

Keywords:   Natural Products, NPs, primary metabolism, secondary metabolism, genes, enzymes, evolution of metabolism

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