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Science  09 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5387, pp. 248
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5387.248

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Volvox Molecular-Genetic Origins of Multicellularity and Cellular Differentiation. David L. Kirk. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998. 397 pp. $85. ISBN 0-521-45207-4.

This synthesis of genetic, evolutionary, and ecological analyses of Volvox and its unicellular and colonial relatives provides an excellent progress report on a model system for investigating the origins of multicellularity.