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IntroductionMitochondria: Clandestine Rulers of the World Part 1Hopeful Monster: The Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell 1: The Deepest Evolutionary Chasm 2: Quest for a Progenitor 3: The Hydrogen Hypothesis Part 2The Vital Force: Proton Power and the Origin of Life 4: The Meaning of Respiration 5: Proton Power 6: The Origin of Life Part 3Insider Deal: The Foundations of Complexity 7: Why Bacteria are Simple 8: Why Mitochondria Make Complexity Possible Part 4Power Laws: Size and the Ramp of Ascending Complexity 9: The Power Laws of Biology 10: The Warm-Blooded Revolution Part 5Murder or Suicide: The Troubled Birth of the Individual 11: Conflict in the Body 12: Foundations of the Individual Part 6Battle of the Sexes: Human Pre-History and the Nature of Gender 13: The Asymmetry of Sex 14: What Human Prehistory Says About the Sexes 15: Why There Are Two Sexes Part 7Clock of Life: Why Mitochondria Kill us in the End 16: The Mitochondrial Theory of Ageing 17: Demise of the Self-Correcting Machine 18: A Cure for Old Age? Epilogue Glossary Further Reading

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Dr Nick Lane is Honorary Reader at University College London and formerly strategic director at Adelphi Medi Cine, a medical multimedia company based in London. His first book, Oxygen: the Molecule that made the World, was published to critical acclaim by Oxford University Press in 2002. He is co-editor of the academic text Life in the Frozen State, and his articles have been published in numerous international scientific journals, including Scientific American, New Scientist, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal. Nick Lane has also spent many years clinging to rock faces in search of fossils and thrills, but his practical interest in palaeontology is rarely rewarded with more than a devil's toenail.


Challenging, but rewarding. Vanessa Thorpe, Observer Its the most interesting and significant addendum to Darwin's theory I think I've come across since Richard Dawkins explained how genes are the mechanism for evolution. Independent on Sunday, An enthralling account...The author has accomplished something quite breathtaking... Moreover, he brings the science alive...he is always accessible lively , thought provoking and informative. Every Biologist should read this book

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