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Erwin Schr dinger's What is Life? published 60 years ago, influenced much of the development of molecular biology. In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to this classic, providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life. De Duve surveys the entire history of life, including insights into the conditions that may have led to its emergence. He uses as landmarks the many remarkable singularities along the way, such as the single ancestry of all living beings, the universal genetic code, and the monophyletic origin of eukaryotes. The book offers a brief guided tour of biochemistry and phylogeny, from the basic molecular building blocks to the origin of humans. Each successive singularity is introduced in a sequence paralleling the hypothetical development of features and conditions on the primitive earth, explaining how and why each transition to greater complexity occurred.

Synopsis:

This brief but deep book presents a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the path to the origin and evolution of life. De Duve, a pioneer of modern cell biology and Nobel laureate, gives in this book a contemporary response to Erwin Schrödinger's tremendously influential What Is Life?, which 60 years ago influenced many of the pioneers of molecular biology. De Duve offers shrewd insights on the conditions that may have first called forth life, and surveys the entire history of life using as landmarks the many remarkable singularities along the way, such as the single ancestry of all living beings, the universal genetic code, and the monophyletic origin of eukaryotes.

Synopsis:

'In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to Erwin Schrodinger\'s classic What is Life? providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life.\n

'

Synopsis:

Erwin Schrödingers What is Life? published 60 years ago, influenced much of the development of molecular biology. In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to this classic, providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life. Fascinating reading for all interested in lifes origins and evolution.

Synopsis:

'A fascinating look at the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the path to the origin and evolution of life.'

Table of Contents

'1. Building blocks; 2. Homochirality; 3. Protometabolism; 4. ATP; 5. Electrons and protons; 6. Thioesters; 7. RNA; 8. Proteins; 9. DNA; 10. Membranes; 11. Protonmotive force; 12. Protometabolism revisited; 13. The LUCA; 14. The first fork; 15. Eukaryotes; 16. Oxygen; 17. Endosymbionts; 18. Multicellular organisms; 19. Homo; 20. Evolution revisited.\n

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780521841955
Author:
De Duve, Christian
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Duve, Christian De
Author:
De Duve, Christian R.
Author:
de Duve, Christian
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Molecular biology
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Molecular Biology
Subject:
Life -- Origin.
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
9.30x6.46x.83 in. 1.27 lbs.

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Product details 258 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521841955 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This brief but deep book presents a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the path to the origin and evolution of life. De Duve, a pioneer of modern cell biology and Nobel laureate, gives in this book a contemporary response to Erwin Schrödinger's tremendously influential What Is Life?, which 60 years ago influenced many of the pioneers of molecular biology. De Duve offers shrewd insights on the conditions that may have first called forth life, and surveys the entire history of life using as landmarks the many remarkable singularities along the way, such as the single ancestry of all living beings, the universal genetic code, and the monophyletic origin of eukaryotes.
"Synopsis" by , 'In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to Erwin Schrodinger\'s classic What is Life? providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life.\n

'

"Synopsis" by , Erwin Schrödingers What is Life? published 60 years ago, influenced much of the development of molecular biology. In this new book Christian De Duve, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of modern cell biology, presents a contemporary response to this classic, providing a sophisticated consideration of the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the origins and evolution of life. Fascinating reading for all interested in lifes origins and evolution.
"Synopsis" by , 'A fascinating look at the key steps or bottlenecks that constrain the path to the origin and evolution of life.'
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