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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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How can we be so complex if the second law of thermodynamics is true?

If the second law of thermodynamics tells us that things tend towards increasing disorder, then how can complex systems, like living cells exist and evolve? We’ll see that these process are not forbidden, but must be accompained by an increase in disorder some where else.

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