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Ever since their fateful absorption, the tortuous and unpredictable relationship between the mitochondria and their host cells has forced one evolutionary innovation after another. 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. Written in a lucid and conversational style, the book makes for very easy reading and even the hard concepts are put across in simple and sometimes quite entertaining style. How elegant that such a simple answer can be provided for such a variety of fundamental questions. Is there a way to extend our lifespans? Do, please, read this book. For two billion years, bacteria ruled the earth without ever generating true complexity — a stasis that may still grip life on other planets. This book will open your eyes to the almost incredible processes going on There are hundreds of them in each cell, some 10 million billion in a human being. The strength of the book is in how well planned and tied together it feels. The central proposals of Power, Sex, Suicide are clearly and forcefully propounded, are serious, have far-reaching consequences — and may even be correct. Why has evolution tended towards size and complexity ever since? Lane goes further; mitochondria, he argues, carry the secret of ageing and even potentially of postponing death. Nick Lane is a biochemist and his book devotedly plots the latest findings and controversies in a field whose protagonists have exasperatedly - if also affectionately - long been known as mitochondriacs by their less committed colleagues. The author claims that the event of the fusion of the methanogens and the proteobacterium that gave rise to the first eukaryote is a very rare event and hence will not be replicated anywhere else in the universe, thus consigning most parts of the universe to a bacterial slime. Can it be replicated in other parts of the universe? This is an exciting and unusual book. We owe the term - by analogy to monk's cells in a monastery - to the 19th-century microscopists who identified them and later found that each contained a small round structure embedded within it: Sex suicide



One is almost tended to rekindle hope for the famous 42 now. Mitochondria are now seen as the key ingredient that made complex life possible at all. Written in a lucid and conversational style, the book makes for very easy reading and even the hard concepts are put across in simple and sometimes quite entertaining style. Ever since their fateful absorption, the tortuous and unpredictable relationship between the mitochondria and their host cells has forced one evolutionary innovation after another. This is a patently wrong argument in my view. The last bit is clear enough, but mitochondria? In a world where popular accounts of biology seem exclusively concerned with genetics, Lane's ambition is to convince the rest of us that there is more to life than DNA - or at least that portion of the cell's DNA locked up in its nucleus and which, for our species, has been laboriously sequenced in the Human Genome Project. Margulis argued that mitochondria were originally free-living organisms, which became engulfed by other cells, which, themselves lacking the mitochondrial capacity to oxidise, struck a different bargain. By the s, there were techniques for smashing the cells and centrifuging out their separate components to study in isolation, and mitochondriology came of age. The author claims that the event of the fusion of the methanogens and the proteobacterium that gave rise to the first eukaryote is a very rare event and hence will not be replicated anywhere else in the universe, thus consigning most parts of the universe to a bacterial slime. Perhaps sadly, no. Why were eukaryotes able to evolve into large and complex organisms in a fraction of the time that life existed on earth while bacteria remained stuck in an evolutionary rut? If you've got biology at GCSE you might just remember that these are the tiny sausage-shaped structures packed into every living cell and generally glibly referred to as the cellular "powerhouse" - the site of its major energy-generating systems. Lane clearly loves this organelle, but unlike people who study mitochondria for a living, he has few axes to grind. For mitochondria were once free-living bacteria, and still retain unmistakable traits of their ancestry, including some of their original DNA. Chapter extracts About the book What gives us our energy, is behind the origin of two sexes, and directs our ageing and death?

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Like one of those elaborate word games in Round Britain Quiz, we now have the power and sex of Lane's title. How did they evolve? So on earth the first variety dominated and culled any new competition and this is the reason why another eukaryote never evolved. Where data are not available, he speculates freely, but also within the bounds of reason. The central proposals of Power, Sex, Suicide are clearly and forcefully propounded, are serious, have far-reaching consequences — and may even be correct. As for suicide, this refers to the fact that, during development from the single fertilised egg to the fully formed adult, whether the few thousands of a tiny worm or the hundred trillion in the human body, many times more cells are born than survive; this over-production is, it seems, a necessary part of development and many of the cells that die en route are indeed "programmed" so to do, and it is their mitochondria, he argues, that generate the chemicals which kill them. Then the union of two bacterial cells led to an evolutionary big bang, from which algae, fungi, plants and animals emerged. Yes, mitochondria has moulded and given direction to life on earth - from the first eukaryotic cell to the complex animals and finally to us. Once considered menial slaves, mere workhorses for complex cells with nuclei, their significance is now undergoing a radical revision. I have enough arrogance to agree with the former, but enough humility to reject the latter. What was the crucial event that helped the first eukaryotic cell to evolve? It wasn't until the development of higher powered light and then electron microscopes that the "protoplasm" turned out to be traversed by complex membranes and packed with granules, among them the mitochondria, generally about to per cell, although some can contain 10 times more. Piecing together puzzles from the forefront of research, this book paints a sweeping canvas that will thrill all who are interested in biology, while also contributing to evolutionary thinking and debate. Nick Lane is a biochemist and his book devotedly plots the latest findings and controversies in a field whose protagonists have exasperatedly - if also affectionately - long been known as mitochondriacs by their less committed colleagues. Moreover, he brings the science alive For two billion years, bacteria ruled the earth without ever generating true complexity — a stasis that may still grip life on other planets. Perhaps sadly, no. Hence the essential biological asymmetry between male and female in reproduction.



































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This is heavy stuff, but Lane compensates by flattering the reader into feeling that they are being asked to evaluate opinions which other scientists would dub heretical. Can the whole process be replicated in other parts of the universe? Why did eukaryotic cell come together to form colonies and eventually multicellular organisms? The author knows which questions to ask when so as to lead us to the overall picture and he also knows how to deftly lead us on wrong routes so that when the real theory is revealed it has the whiff of truth to it and the pleasure of solving a detective puzzle. Ignore the ugly cover and buy the book. Can it be replicated in other parts of the universe? Sep 21, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Recommends it for: To limit the promiscuity of such an arrangement, this type of cell fusion was sequestered in the gametes and became the origin of sex. What was the crucial event that helped the first eukaryotic cell to evolve? Such are the wide variety of audacious questions asked and almost answered in this book and the astonishing thing for me was that it was not some five thousand pages longer with this sort of blindingly vast scope. Like one of those elaborate word games in Round Britain Quiz, we now have the power and sex of Lane's title.

Challenging, but rewarding — Robert Colville, The Observer, Full of startling insights into the nature and evolution of life as we know it. In Lane's hands, it is also one well worth reading. So in sex, one cell, the sperm, is reduced to little more than packaged DNA, while the other, the egg, retains its mitochondria and so provides the essential nurturing environment required for development. So here is reassuring all alien buffs dejected by this book that universe has more to offer than mere bacterial slime on its menu. Power, Sex, Suicide focuses strongly on theories relating to evolutionary aspects of the mitochondrion. Then the union of two bacterial cells led to an evolutionary big bang, from which algae, fungi, plants and animals emerged. Why has evolution tended towards size and complexity ever since? Why did apoptosis or cell death evolve in multicellular organisms? The answer in each case lies in mitochondria. Where data are not available, he speculates freely, but also within the bounds of reason. The consensus among biologists is that in life's early days, 3. The mitochondria sacrificed their own individuality, but the combined - symbiotic - cells were so efficient that they out-reproduced most other life forms and became the basic stock from which all today's multicellular organisms evolved. But it turns out that there is residual DNA in the mitochondria as well, some 13 genes-worth, coding for some, though far from all, of the mitochondrial proteins. Now, imagine that in another billion years, another similar chimera was formed. The first chimera had a huge advantage that they were living in a vegetarian world where no one ate any other living being. What was the nature of these first experiments in life? Sex suicide



To limit the promiscuity of such an arrangement, this type of cell fusion was sequestered in the gametes and became the origin of sex. 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. But embedded within it is one of the most interesting stories modern biology has to tell. The strength of the book is in how well planned and tied together it feels. Where data are not available, he speculates freely, but also within the bounds of reason. Written in a lucid and conversational style, the book makes for very easy reading and even the hard concepts are put across in simple and sometimes quite entertaining style. Unlike our nuclear DNA therefore, our mitochondria are exclusively Lane says almost female in descent, a fact that has been used to study human ancestry from some so-called "mitochondrial Eve" living in Africa about , years ago - a story of which he is a little cautious. Oxidising sugars, and coupling that oxidation to the synthesis of ATP, is what most of us older biochemists were taught that mitochondria are about, although it took many years, ingenious experiments and much quite savage controversy before the extraordinary mechanism for such synthesis won the rich and eccentric biochemist Peter Mitchell his Nobel prize in What was the crucial event that helped the first eukaryotic cell to evolve? It was a literal gold rush for them. This is a new take on why we are here. Challenging, but rewarding — Robert Colville, The Observer, Full of startling insights into the nature and evolution of life as we know it. Ever since their fateful absorption, the tortuous and unpredictable relationship between the mitochondria and their host cells has forced one evolutionary innovation after another. What atoms are to physicists, cells are to biologists: Could we be into fashionable forensics? Why did apoptosis or cell death evolve in multicellular organisms? The reason he advances for this is based on the fact that all eukaryotes derive from the same ancestor and this means that the the fusion that created this common ancestor happened only once in our entire evolutionary history. This book will open your eyes to the almost incredible processes going on Their story is the story of life itself. But it turns out that there is residual DNA in the mitochondria as well, some 13 genes-worth, coding for some, though far from all, of the mitochondrial proteins. Oxford University Press.: But although this is where older biochemical stories including my own Chemistry of Life would have started and even ended, it is not where Lane begins, and for a fascinating reason. Can there be intelligent aliens? So on earth the first variety dominated and culled any new competition and this is the reason why another eukaryote never evolved. I found the chapters on sex and maternal more properly, uniparental inheritance the least persuasive. Such are the wide variety of audacious questions asked and almost answered in this book and the astonishing thing for me was that it was not some five thousand pages longer with this sort of blindingly vast scope. Lane goes further; mitochondria, he argues, carry the secret of ageing and even potentially of postponing death. And the answer to all these questions? All creatures require energy to survive, and most of us obtain that energy by the slow burning of carbohydrates and fats, oxidising them to carbon dioxide and water.

Sex suicide



Keeping with the ambition of the subtitle, the book grapples with some of the toughest questions known to evolutionary science - How did life originate on earth? Why were eukaryotes able to evolve into large and complex organisms in a fraction of the time that life existed on earth while bacteria remained stuck in an evolutionary rut? Lane goes further; mitochondria, he argues, carry the secret of ageing and even potentially of postponing death. Lane tells the story of that discovery in all its excruciating detail. Although written for the general reader, it manages to cover its enormous range of topics in considerable depth, and the technical details are very well managed… Much of what he says is plausible, very well explained, and undoubtedly important. Surrounding the nucleus was what was initially assumed to be a clear gel, which was named protoplasm. This is a patently wrong argument in my view. One is almost tended to rekindle hope for the famous 42 now. Why are bacteria immortals and eukaryotes mortal? What atoms are to physicists, cells are to biologists: Lane clearly loves this organelle, but unlike people who study mitochondria for a living, he has few axes to grind. By the s, there were techniques for smashing the cells and centrifuging out their separate components to study in isolation, and mitochondriology came of age. Oxford University Press.: Biology, Freedom, Determinism, is published by Cape later this year. Without mitochondria, nothing would exist of the world we know and love. While Lane acknowledges the advantages of recombination to mask deleterious nuclear alleles, such an advantage would seem sufficiently powerful to evolve even in the absence of a mitochondrial raison d'etre. Today, mitochondria are central to research into human prehistory, genetic diseases, cell suicide, fertility, ageing, bioenergetics, sex and the eukaryotic cell. The chances for any new chimera to survive is almost nil in this new dog-eat dog world. But, and this is strangely overlooked by the author though it is firmly fixed in Darwinian principles the fact that it did not happen a second time on earth in billions of years does not preclude the possibility that in another world where organisms are still primitive enough to be competing to eat external resources and not each other, a new chimera could evolve and move to uninhabited vastnesses where they would then use their eukaryotic nature to found another kingdom of life. In Lane's hands, it is also one well worth reading. And the answer to all these questions?

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Allen Nature An enthralling account Why do we die? As for suicide, this refers to the fact that, during development from the single fertilised egg to the fully formed adult, whether the few thousands of a tiny worm or the hundred trillion in the human body, many times more cells are born than survive; this over-production is, it seems, a necessary part of development and many of the cells that die en route are indeed "programmed" so to do, and it is their mitochondria, he argues, that generate the chemicals which kill them. Moreover, he brings the science alive Now, imagine that in another billion years, another similar chimera was formed. There are hundreds of them in each cell, some 10 million billion in a human being. Without mitochondria, nothing would exist of the world we know and love. But, and this is strangely overlooked by the author though it is firmly fixed in Darwinian principles the fact that it did not happen a second time on earth in billions of years does not preclude the possibility that in another world where organisms are still primitive enough to be competing to eat external resources and not each other, a new chimera could evolve and move to uninhabited vastnesses where they would then use their eukaryotic nature to found another kingdom of life. It is entirely possible. So in sex, one cell, the sperm, is reduced to little more than packaged DNA, while the other, the egg, retains its mitochondria and so provides the essential nurturing environment required for development. Surrounding the nucleus was what was initially assumed to be a clear gel, which was named protoplasm. Mitochondria are tiny structures located inside our cells — miniature powerhouses that use oxygen to generate power. Piecing together puzzles from the forefront of research, this book paints a sweeping canvas that will thrill all who are interested in biology, while also contributing to evolutionary thinking and debate. Sep 21, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Today, mitochondria are central to research into human prehistory, genetic diseases, cell suicide, fertility, ageing, bioenergetics, sex and the eukaryotic cell. Power, Sex, Suicide focuses strongly on theories relating to evolutionary aspects of the mitochondrion. While Lane acknowledges the advantages of recombination to mask deleterious nuclear alleles, such an advantage would seem sufficiently powerful to evolve even in the absence of a mitochondrial raison d'etre. It wasn't until the development of higher powered light and then electron microscopes that the "protoplasm" turned out to be traversed by complex membranes and packed with granules, among them the mitochondria, generally about to per cell, although some can contain 10 times more. Why are there two sexes in most known species, unicellular or multicellular? The answer in each case lies in mitochondria. A dialogue between the nuclear and mitochondrial genes appears to take place. Nick Lane is a biochemist and his book devotedly plots the latest findings and controversies in a field whose protagonists have exasperatedly - if also affectionately - long been known as mitochondriacs by their less committed colleagues. What was the nature of these first experiments in life? Lane goes further; mitochondria, he argues, carry the secret of ageing and even potentially of postponing death. 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. What atoms are to physicists, cells are to biologists: Surely that is a story worth telling. Oxford University Press.:

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