Power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life. Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane 2019-02-13

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Power, Sex, Suicide by Nick Lane

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

For a detailed explanation you have to read the book. But it was well worth the effort. How is the lifespan of organisms decided? I found it slightly repetitive at times but it could be because I have a background in cellular biology. Mitochondria, then, are pivotal in power, sex, and suicide. My expertise lies in a related field although I have been highly interested in evolutionary biology ever since I read.

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Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

This was heavy going, especially since I have always learnt bits mad pieces of biology in what I've read ratherntahnthrough formal education even at school, I think. Apoptosis notably fails in the case of cancer. The author has accomplished something quite breathtaking. He goes into quite a bit of detail about how respiration works and its reliance on proton pumping through a membrane to generate energy. The strength of the book is in how well planned and tied together it feels. They are found in all complex living things, and in that sense, they are fundamental for driving complex life on the planet. They were once a seperate entity that somehow came to live inside another.

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Power, sex, suicide : mitochondria and the meaning of life (Book, 2018) [www.zenga.tv]

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

This is not to say that Lane has no opinions quite the contrary, the book is full of them , but those he has do not seem to be based on any particular bias a priori. Their story is the story of life itself. Eukaryotes solved this problem by harnessing mitochondria. I don't say that I will remember all the detail, but I believe he managed to make me understand while I was reading. He explains how mitochondria generate power. Free radicals attack and distort mitochondria. Lane believes it is free radical leakage from the mitochondrial membrane.

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

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

Without mitochondria the much larger single cell eukaryotes would not have had the energy to capture food by enveloping it phagocytosis or be sufficiently mobile to compete with bacteria which replicate much faster. This is a book full of startling insights into the nature and evolution of life, and should be read by anyone who wants to know why we're here. In the end It does not quiet explain the meaning of life in the traditional terms but does put forward a very strong argument that life as we know it today owes a lot to those little symbiotes that inhabit every single cell in us. Why do popular science books so often play around speculating and history writing instead of just telling us how the darn stuff works! While all of this is technically correct, the truth is much more subtle and amazing. Even as a graduate of an M. In the end It does not quiet explain the meaning of life in the traditional terms but does put forward a very strong argument that life as we know it today owes a lot to those little symbiotes that inhabit every single cell in us. This is a patently wrong argument in my view.

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Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

Anyway, I might be being too fastidious but I found it a little distracting at times. I've always liked mitochondria ever since reading. Why do we have sex? Nick is married to Dr Ana Hidalgo-Simon and lives in London with their two young sons, Eneko and Hugo. The book centers around Mitochondria. What was the nature of these first experiments in life? Nick Lane begins his book by discussing the origin of life and the origin of the eukaryotic cell.

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Power, sex, suicide Mitochondria and the meaning of life

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

What was the nature of these first experiments in life? This isn't a one idea book, like so many science bestsellers. 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 pre history 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? I had a full summary of the book prepared for this review which answered one by one all those questions I listed above, but now, as I am about to post it, I realize that I would be subtracting from the gradual suspense of the book that makes it such a joy to read by doing so. When not climbing, writing or hunting for wild campsites, he can occasionally be found playing the fiddle in London pubs with the Celtic ensemble Probably Not, or exploring Romanesque churches. The book focuses on the science, and is written almost like a detective story. They do however fill a nutritional deficit if necessary. Mitochondria play many other roles in eukaryote development.

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Power, sex, suicide : mitochondria and the meaning of life (Book, 2006) [www.zenga.tv]

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

Most importantly, degenerative diseases could be slowed down by slowing down the rate of free-radical leakage from the mitochondria. Why are there two sexes in most known species, unicellular or multicellular? All eukaryotes have mitochondria, or used to. This is not an easy book to read, for the non-specialist. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. One of the most important is apoptosis or cell suicide.

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

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in evolutionary biology or metabolism. Life on Earth began perhaps 4 billion years ago, right after the Late Heavy Bombardment, or about as early as it could. Without this remarkable event, no eukaryotes or more complex life forms would have evolved. I had a full summary of the book prepared for this review which answered one by one all those questions I listed above, but now, as I am about to post it, I realize that I would be subtracting from the gradual suspense of the book that makes it such a joy to read by doing so. This book is a nice trip through many issues of Biology like the origin of life and the eukaryotic cells, the appearance of multicelular cells, the ways how energy is produced by the cells and the rise of sex, ageing and death in eukaryotic beings just to say a few subjects , all from the perspective of small organelles called mitochondria. Nick is married to Dr Ana Hidalgo-Simon and lives in London with their two young sons, Eneko and Hugo.

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Power, Sex, Suicide by Nick Lane

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

Bacteria have been with us almost 4 billion years and they are still bacteria. The answer again lies with how mitochondria manipulated their hosts in the early days of life. It stalled at the single-cell bacteria stage for something like 2 billion years. They give us energy by pumping protons across their membrane. As it happened, the stains that were best able to colour the chromosomes were acidic. Written by Nick Lane, a rising star in popular science, Power, Sex, Suicide is the first book for general readers on the nature and function of these tiny, yet fascinating structures. It's like five hundred unanswered small questions about how things work or may have worked on a basic level just clicked into place.

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Review: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane

power sex suicide mitochondria and the meaning of life

In short, if you are interested in the workings of life from a microscopic point of view, you will enjoy this book! This book is a nice trip through many issues of Biology like the origin of life and the eukaryotic cells, the appearance of multicelular cells, the ways how energy is produced by the cells and the rise of sex, ageing and death in eukaryotic beings just to say a few subjects , all from the perspective of small organelles called mitochondria. If you have survived high school science, you can probably take this on and follow its arguments pretty well. Maybe we would get more out of our education system. Why do we have sex? Mitochondrial genes mutate much faster than those in the nucleus because of the free radicals produced in their energy-generating role. The chances for any new chimera to survive is almost nil in this new dog-eat dog world.

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