Transformer: The chemistry of life and death

For decades, biology has been dominated by information – the power of genes. Yet there is no difference in information content between a living cell and one that died a moment ago. A better question goes back to the formative years of biology: what processes animate cells and set them apart from lifeless matter? Nick takes us on a journey which turns the standard view upside down, capturing an extraordinary scientific renaissance that's hiding in plain sight.

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Nick Lane is a biochemist and writer. He is Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London, and the author of Life Ascending, which won the 2010 Royal Society Prize, and The Vital Question, of which Bill Gates wrote 'this biology book blew me away'.


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