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Author Lane, Nick.

Title Power, sex, suicide : mitochondria and the meaning of life / Nick Lane
Published Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  571.657 Lan/Pss  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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?
Summary "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."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [327]-346 and index
Subject Mitochondria.
Mitochondrial DNA.
Energy metabolism.
Eukaryotic cells -- Evolution.
DNA, Mitochondrial.
Energy Metabolism.
Eukaryotic Cells.
Evolution, Molecular.
LC no. 2005019700
ISBN 9780192804815 alkaline paper
0192804812 alkaline paper