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Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
Author: Nick Lane
ISBN 13: 9780393338669
ISBN 10: 393338665
Edition: 1 Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2010-06-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $16.95

A renowned biochemist draws on cutting-edge scientific findings to construct the mosaic of life’s astounding history.

The New York Times - Peter Dizikes

For about 150 years, we have known how species evolve. The emergence of life itself remains more obscure. But as Lane shows with clarity and vigor in Life Ascending, fascinating studies on the subject abound. A trained biochemist, Lane smoothly pulls in evidence from genetics, proteomics (the study of proteins), paleontology and geophysics to show how the critical components and mechanisms of complex life—from DNA and photosynthesis to sex and vision—could have developed.