Question: This Week We Learned About Lynn Margulis’ Serial Endosymbiotic Theory, Or SET, Which Goes A Long Way In Describing Not Just The Origin Of The Eukaryotic Cell, But Also The Tremendous Evolution And Diversity Of Protists In General As Part Of Her Broader Concept Of “symbiogenesis. This Idea Has Brought Dr. Margulis Widespread Honor And Respect. But, As …

Question: This Week We Learned About Lynn Margulis’ Serial Endosymbiotic Theory, Or SET, Which Goes A Long Way In Describing Not Just The Origin Of The Eukaryotic Cell, But Also The Tremendous Evolution And Diversity Of Protists In General As Part Of Her Broader Concept Of “symbiogenesis. This Idea Has Brought Dr. Margulis Widespread Honor And Respect. But, As …

This week we learned about Lynn Margulis’ serial endosymbiotictheory, or SET, which goes a long way in describing not just theorigin of the eukaryotic cell, but also the tremendous evolutionand diversity of protists in general as part of her broader conceptof “symbiogenesis. This idea has brought Dr. Margulis widespreadhonor and respect. But, as with many other huge ideas, includingevolution by natural selection (Darwin), plate tectonic theory,(Alfred Wegener) asteroids causing widespread extinctions (Luis andWalter Alvarez), this was not the case, at first. For this week’spost, please do a little research into the initial responses to anyof these great ideas, or any other scientific discovery that wasnot initially greeted with great enthusiasm. The point of thisexercise is to help illustrate what it takes to bring a truly greatidea into the forefront of scientific thought.