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Power, sex, suicide : mitochondria and the meaning of life

Author: Nick Lane
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: OUP E-Books.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mitochondria are tiny structures within all our cells, believed to have once evolved from bacteria living independent lives. Drawing on cutting edge research, this book explores the fundamental role they play in some of the biggest themes in biology: evolution, the origin of the sexes, in growth, ageing, disease, and in death. - ;Power, Sex, Suicide, Complexity, Individuality, Fertility, Prehistory, Ageing, Death.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lane, Nick.
Power, sex, suicide.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(DLC) 2005019700
(OCoLC)61151377
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Lane
ISBN: 9780191513015 0191513016 1429421487 9781429421485 9786610752652 6610752656
OCLC Number: 76967066
Awards: Short-listed for Aventis General Prize for Science Books 2006
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 354 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The deepest evolutionary chasm --
Quest for a progenitor --
The hydrogen hypothesis --
The meaning of respiration --
Proton power --
The origin of life --
Why bacteria are simple --
Why mitochondria make complexity possible --
The power laws of biology --
The warm-blooded revolution --
Conflict in the body --
Foundations of the individual --
The asymmetry of sex --
What human prehistory says about the sexes --
Why there are two sexes --
The mitochondrial theory of ageing --
Demise of the self-correcting machine --
A cure for old age?
Series Title: OUP E-Books.
Responsibility: Nick Lane.

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