Power, sex, suicide Mitochondria and the meaning of life. In seven broad sections, Lane takes us on a three-billion-year tour of the organelle, starting with the evolutionary origins of mitochondria, proceeding to their role in oxidative energy metabolism as well as their necessity for the development of complex multicellular organisms and - more provocatively - of sex, and ending with the recent discovery of their role in apoptosis and its implication for aging. Lane clearly loves this organelle, but unlike people who study mitochondria for a living, he has few axes to grind.
Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life Nick Lane Brings together the latest research on mitochondria to show how our growing insight into mitochondria has shed light on how complex life evolved, why sex arose why don't we just bud?
Indeed, these tiny structures inside our cells are important beyond imagining. Without mitochondria, we would have no cell suicide, no sculpting of embryonic shape, no sexes, no menopause, no aging.
In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Nick Lane brings together the latest research in this exciting field to show how our growing insight into mitochondria has shed light on how complex life evolved, why sex arose why don't we just bud?
These findings are of fundamental importance, both in understanding life on Earth, but also in controlling our own illnesses, and delaying our degeneration and death. Readers learn that two billion years ago, mitochondria were probably bacteria living independent lives and that their capture within larger cells was a turning point in the evolution of life, enabling the development of complex organisms.
Lane describes how mitochondria have their own DNA and that its genes mutate much faster than those in the nucleus. This high mutation rate lies behind our aging and certain congenital diseases.
The latest research suggests that mitochondria play a key role in degenerative diseases such as cancer. We also discover that mitochondrial DNA is passed down 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," giving us vital information about our evolutionary history. 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.In Power, Sex, Suicide author Nick Lane, being a biochemist himself, focuses on the scientific side of the argument.
It wasn't till the 's that the first intercellular structures were observed and later, in , the term "mitochondria" was first coined/5().
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/5(4).
The central proposals of Power, Sex, Suicide are clearly and forcefully propounded, are serious, have far-reaching consequences — and may even be correct. This is a new take on why we are here. Do, please, read this book. The title “Power, Sex, Suicide” got me interested to read the book.
The title relates to the book itself because the book itself talks about a bit of evolution of life, . Power, Sex, Suicide Mitochondria and the meaning of life.
Second Edition. Nick Lane Oxford Landmark Science. A thought-provoking look at our world from the viewpoint of mitochondria, offering a new insight into the nature of life, itself.
|Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life, By Nick Lane | initiativeblog.com||Mitochondria and the meaning of life Second Edition Oxford Landmark Science A thought-provoking look at our world from the viewpoint of mitochondria, offering a new insight into the nature of life, itself. Shows how our growing understanding of mitochondria is shedding light on how complex life evolved, why sex arose, and why we age and die.|
|Power, sex, suicide Mitochondria and the meaning of life||Chapter extracts About the book What gives us our energy, is behind the origin of two sexes, and directs our ageing and death? The answer in each case lies in mitochondria.|
Jul 03, · To the typical reader of the JCI, the word mitochondria likely evokes a Pavlovian response remembered vaguely from biochemistry class: they are “the powerhouses of the cell.” However, as implied by the title of this most thought-provoking book, Nick Lane goes to great lengths to remind us that.