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First Life

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This pathbreaking book explores how life can begin, taking us from cosmic clouds of stardust, to volcanoes on Earth, to the modern... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

This pathbreaking book explores how life can begin, taking us from cosmic clouds of stardust, to volcanoes on Earth, to the modern chemistry laboratory. Seeking to understand life's connection to the stars, David Deamer introduces astrobiology, a new scientific discipline that studies the origin and evolution of life on Earth and relates it to the birth and death of stars, planet formation, interfaces between minerals, water, and atmosphere, and the physics and chemistry of carbon compounds. Deamer argues that life began as systems of molecules that assembled into membrane-bound packages. These in turn provided an essential compartment in which more complex molecules assumed new functions required for the origin of life and the beginning of evolution. Deamer takes us from the vivid and unpromising chaos of the Earth four billion years ago up to the present and his own laboratory, where he contemplates the prospects for generating synthetic life. Engaging and accessible, First Life describes the scientific story of astrobiology while presenting a fascinating hypothesis to explain the origin of life.

Autorentext

David Deamer is Research Professor in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written and edited many books, including The Origins of Life (with Jack Szostak).



Inhalt

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. A Fireball Over Australia
2. Where Did Life Begin?
3. When Did Life Begin?
4. Carbon and the Building Blocks of Life
5. The Handedness of Life
6. Energy and Life's Origins
7. Self-Assembly and Emergence
8. How To Build a Cell
9. Achieving Complexity
10. Multiple Strands of Life
11. Catalysts: Life in the Fast Lane
12. Copying Life's Blueprints
13. How Evolution Begins
14. A Grand Simulation of Prebiotic Earth
15. Prospects for Synthetic Life
Epilogue

Sources and Notes
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: First Life
Untertitel: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began
Autor:
EAN: 9780520948952
ISBN: 978-0-520-94895-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University of California Press
Genre: Ökologie
Anzahl Seiten: 288
Veröffentlichung: 01.06.2011
Jahr: 2011
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.7 MB
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