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Author Lane, Nick

Title Power, Sex, Suicide : Mitochondria and the meaning of life
Published Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2005


Description 1 online resource (639 pages)
Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction Mitochondria: Clandestine Rulers of the World; Part 1 Hopeful Monster: The Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell; 1. The Deepest Evolutionary Chasm; 2. Quest for a Progenitor; 3. The Hydrogen Hypothesis; Part 2 The Vital Force: Proton Power and the Origin of Life; 4. The Meaning of Respiration; 5. Proton Power; 6. The Origin of Life; Part 3 Insider Deal: The Foundations of Complexity; 7. Why Bacteria are Simple; 8. Why Mitochondria Make Complexity Possible
Part 4 Power Laws: Size and the Ramp of Ascending Complexity9. The Power Laws of Biology; 10. The Warm-Blooded Revolution; Part 5 Murder or Suicide: The Troubled Birth of the Individual; 11. Conflict in the Body; 12. Foundations of the Individual; Part 6 Battle of the Sexes: Human Pre-History and the Nature of Gender; 13. The Asymmetry of Sex; 14. What Human Pre-history Says About the Sexes; 15. Why There Are Two Sexes; Part 7 Clock of Life: Why Mitochondria Kill us in the End; 16. The Mitochondrial Theory of Ageing; 17. Demise of the Self-Correcting Machine; 18. A Cure for Old Age?; Epilogue
GlossaryFurther Reading; Index; Footnotes; ch03; ch03_fn01; ch04; ch04_fn01; ch06_part03; ch06_part03_fn01; ch06; ch06_fn01; ch07; ch07_fn01; ch08; ch08_fn01; ch09; ch09_fn01; ch10_part05; ch10_part05_fn01; ch10; ch10_fn01; ch11; ch11_fn01; ch12; ch12_fn01; ch14; ch14_fn01; ch15; ch15_fn01; ch15_part07; ch15_part07_fn01; ch16; ch16_fn01
Summary Mitochondria are tiny structures located inside our cells that carry out the essential task of producing energy for the cell. They are found in all complex living things, and in that sense, they are fundamental for driving complex life on the planet. But there is much more to them than that. Mitochondria have their own DNA, with their own small collection of genes, separate from those in the cell nucleus. It is thought that they were once bacteria living independent lives. Theirenslavement within the larger cell was a turning point in the evolution of life, enabling the development of complex
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Subject Mitochondria.
Mitochondrial DNA.
Energy metabolism.
Eukaryotic cells -- Evolution
Energy metabolism
Eukaryotic cells -- Evolution
Mitochondrial DNA
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191622595