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Life's edge : the search for what it means to be alive

Author: Carl Zimmer
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world-from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses-the harder they find it is to locate life's edge"--
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Genre/Form: Instructional and educational works
Creative nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zimmer, Carl,
Life's edge
New York : Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2021.
(DLC) 2020039763
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Zimmer
ISBN: 9780593182710 0593182715
OCLC Number: 1195818777
Description: xx, 348 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The borderland --
The quickening. The way the spirit comes to the bones ; Death is resisted --
The hallmarks. Dinner ; Decisive matter ; Preserving constant the conditions of life ; Copy/Paste ; Darwin's lung --
A series of dark questions. This astonishing multiplication ; Irritations ; The sect ; This mud was actually alive ; A play of water ; Scripts --
Return to the borderland. Half life ; Data needed for a blueprint ; No obvious bushes ; Four blue droplets.
Responsibility: Carl Zimmer.

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"We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world-from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses-the harder they find it is to locate life's edge"--

What is life? The power seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Zimmer journeys through experiments that have attempted to recreate life; shows how coronaviruses have altered the course of history; and even tries his own had at evolving life in a test tube... with unnerving results. -- adapted from jacket

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