Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Science - 374 pages
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In Oxygen, Nick Lane takes the reader on an enthralling journey as he unravels the unexpected ways in which oxygen spurred the evolution of life and death. He shows how oxygen underpins the origin of biological complexity, the birth of photosynthesis, the sudden evolution of animals, the need for two sexes, the accelerated aging of cloned animals like Dolly the sheep, and the surprisingly long lives of bats and birds. Drawing on this grand evolutionary canvas, Oxygen offers fresh perspectives on our own lives and deaths, explaining modern killer diseases, why we age, and what we can do about it. Advancing revelatory new ideas, following chains of evidence, the book ranges through many disciplines, from environmental sciences to molecular medicine. The result is a captivating vision of contemporary science and a humane synthesis of our place in nature. This remarkable book will redefine the way we think about the world.

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This is a fascinating book. Extremely well written, amazingly interesting subject manner! Suitable for anyone who has a desire to learn more about life on this planet. This should be on the summer reading list for any undergraduate (or graduate level) college student who has an interest in the biological sciences.  

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This is a fascinating book, arguing that the evolution of life in an oxygen atmosphere has direct implications for aging and age-related diseases. It also effectively (in my mind) argues that medical ... Read full review

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Nick Lane studied biochemistry at Imperial College, University of London. His doctoral research, at the Royal Free Hospital, was on oxygen free-radicals and metabolic function in organ transplants. Dr Lane is Honorary Reader at University College London and strategic director at Adelphi Medi Cine, a medical multimedia company based in London, where he is responsible for developing interactive approaches to medical education. Articles by Nick Lane have beenpublished in numerous international journals, including Scientific American, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal. He lives in London.

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