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Emergence of Life From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology

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ISBN-10: 0521821177

ISBN-13: 9780521821179

Edition: 2006

Authors: Pier Luigi Luisi

List price: $124.00
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The origin of life from inanimate matter has been the focus of much research for decades, both experimentally and philosophically. Luisi takes the reader through the consecutive stages from prebiotic chemistry to synthetic biology, uniquely combining both approaches. This book presents a systematic course discussing the successive stages of self-organisation, emergence, self-replication, autopoiesis, synthetic compartments and construction of cellular models, in order to demonstrate the spontaneous increase in complexity from inanimate matter to the first cellular life forms. A chapter is dedicated to each of these steps, using a number of synthetic and biological examples. With end of…    
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/13/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 332
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Preface
The conceptual framework of the research on the origin of life on Earth
Approaches to the definitions of life
Selection in prebiotic chemistry - why this...and not that?
The bottle neck - macromolecular sequences
Self-organization
Emergence and emergent properties
Self-replication and self-reproduction
Autopoiesis - the logic of cellular life
Compartments
Reactivity and transformation of vesicles
Approaches to the minimal cell
Outlook
Bibliography