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Book Review: “The Vital Question”

Nick Lane’s book, “The Vital Question”,tackles some of the toughest questions in biology today, such as the how, and in what environments, life originated, how the complex eukaryotic cell evolved, how the cellular mechanisms to generate energy echo back to the days before biology, and why sexual reproduction is the way it is based constraints placed on us by our energy generating systems -the mitochondria.

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Gene Drives: so you want to change the world!

Gene drives are an exciting new technique that could allow genetic engineering at the population level. They have the potential of changing entire ecosystems with a engineered gene that will promote its own odds of multiplying throughout the population. A definite “selfish gene”.

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EMMA knows the secrets of your past – but will she tell?:

To paraphrase Jane Austin, when referring to the RNA that lays hidden at the core of many of our most rudimentary metabolic processes, which may have served a grander role in a far distant past, and which now has relinquished it’s primary role for one of a more modest, behind the scenes assistant, “The sweetest and best of all molecules, faultless in spite of all her faults”.

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