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Power, Sex, Suicide

Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life
De : Nick Lane
Lu par : Nigel Patterson
Durée : 15 h et 54 min

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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. Their enslavement within the larger cell was a turning point in the evolution of life, enabling the development of complex organisms and, closely related, the origin of two sexes. Unlike the DNA in the nucleus, mitochondrial DNA is passed down exclusively (or almost exclusively) via the female line. That's why it has been used by some researchers to trace human ancestry daughter-to-mother, to "Mitochondrial Eve". 

Mitochondria give us important information about our evolutionary history. And that's not all. Mitochondrial genes mutate much faster than those in the nucleus because of the free radicals produced in their energy-generating role. This high mutation rate lies behind our ageing and certain congenital diseases. The latest research suggests that mitochondria play a key role in degenerative diseases such as cancer, through their involvement in precipitating cell suicide. Mitochondria, then, are pivotal in power, sex, and suicide. 

In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Nick Lane brings together the latest research findings in this exciting field to reveal how our growing understanding of mitochondria is shedding light on how complex life evolved, why sex arose (why don't we just bud?), and why we age and die. This understanding is of fundamental importance, both in understanding how we and all other complex life came to be, but also in order to be able to control our own illnesses, and delay our degeneration and death.

©2005 Nick Lane (P)2019 Tantor

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

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  • Mic Mises
  • 20/05/2019

Possibly the heaviest Nick Lane book I've read

If you're interested in how complex life got started, or how mitochondria are important, or what the word "life" really means in biology, perhaps you should start with Nick Lane's later book, "The Vital Question." It is possibly the most impressive book I've ever read in Biology, enough that I have listened to it three times so far and will probably do so again.
This is not that book. It is, however, a tour de force in making a deep and VERY technical exploration of how mitochondria work available to the interested and motivated lay reader -- that is, you must be motivated enough to WORK at this book. I will certainly listen to this again in order to gain more appreciation of the valuable knowledge expressed here; unlike "The Vital Question" I will not do so for entertainment.
This is far better than most science books, and rewards every minute of listening. I must give it a 5-star rating, even though "the Vital Question" is a better book.

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  • 12/06/2019

Nick Lane Continues to ask the Vital Questions

If your looking to increase your understanding of what present science can tells us about the origins and nature of being alive - this book is an excellent place to begin and journeys a long way down the road.

Nick Lane does a wonderful job of bringing the reader along, on his search to understand cellular biology and complex eukaryotic life. He accomplishes this by providing the reader the pertinent history relative to our twisting path of understanding using the mitochondria's pivotal influence as our guide.

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  • 25/03/2019

YES A Nick Lane Book!

Keep them coming please. I live in Canada and I can’t purchase Nick Lane’s other books like Life Ascending and Oxygen. I WANT THEM ALL!!

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  • 30/10/2019

best ever book in science that everyone shud read

loved it. one of the best books in molecular science, origin of life that explains so many secrets of life on this Earth.