The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
by Nick Lane
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One of the most fascinating ideas in the book is centered around investigating why complex life is so similar to each other, yet extremely different from bacteria. Basically, whatever dramatic shift happened for complex life to emerge must have happened in an single instance, as opposed to many separate instances. So many implications!
That the acquisition of mitochondria by bacteria-like life was the real origin of complex life. Everything else, including sex came after.
A compelling argument on why complex life has risen only once in the last 4 billion years, while bacteria has not evolved or even shown any inklings of these complex traits.
Just like viruses, we are parasites of our environment. So why are we considered living things and viruses not?
Operating at the scale of atoms, the error rate in our protein factories inside our cells is far lower than our best high tech manufacturing processes.
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Minute Inc. 2017