Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life

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Nick Lane's POWER, SEX AND SUICIDE has been named one of The Economists' Best Books of 2005!

Today, mitochondria are central to research into human prehistory, genetic diseases, cell suicide, fertility, ageing, bioenergetics, sex, and the eukaryotic cell. Piecing together puzzles from the forefront of research, this book paints a sweeping canvas that will thrill all who are interested in biology, while also contributing to evolutionary thinking and debate. This is a book full of...

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Overview

Nick Lane's POWER, SEX AND SUICIDE has been named one of The Economists' Best Books of 2005!

Today, mitochondria are central to research into human prehistory, genetic diseases, cell suicide, fertility, ageing, bioenergetics, sex, and the eukaryotic cell. Piecing together puzzles from the forefront of research, this book paints a sweeping canvas that will thrill all who are interested in biology, while also contributing to evolutionary thinking and debate. This is a book full of insights into the nature and evolution of life, and should be read by anyone who wants to know why we're here.

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"Full of fascinating insights into the origins of life."--Chemistry World

"Full of startling insights into the nature and evolution of life as we know it."--The Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199205646
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 201,783
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Lane is an honorary Research Fellow at University College London and Strategic Director at Adelphi Medi Cine, a medical multimedia company based in London. He is the author of Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World and his writings have appeared in numerous scientific publications, including Scientific American, The Lancet, and the British Medical Journal. He lives in the UK.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mitochondria - clandestine rulers of the world
2. Hopeful monster - the origin of the eukaryotic cell
3. The vital force: Proton power and the origin of life
4. Insider deal: Why mitochondria are needed for the evolution of complexity
5. Power laws: Size and the ramp of ascending complexity
6. Power, sex, suicide: The troubled birth of the individual
7. Battle of the sexes: Human prehistory and the nature of gender
8. Clock of life: Why mitochondria kill us in the end

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    This is Simply, a Great Book

    I'm a writer and when I'm writing fiction I read non-fiction because if I read fiction I'm comparing and contrasting and doubting and admiring and stealing and doing things that don't enhance the chances of my finishing my project.

    Usually I rip through a history or science book, but Nick Lane's book made me slow down and adopt a new way of thinking about the underpinnings, evolution, and future of Life.

    Yes, capital "L" Life.

    This is a watershed book. I have to buy another copy because of the bent over pages, underlining, and margin notes.

    A book that (at least for me) needed to be studied the first time through.

    Rob Loughran
    rjploughran55@gmail.com

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    Posted February 16, 2008

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    While rather scientific, the author's description of the powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria, is fascinating. The role of the mitochondria and evolution demonstrates the impact on mitochondrial disease and the future of mitochondrial medicine. Patients need support until the disease is better understood...until then, they have MitoAction.org

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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