To be honest, we know that cell is the basic unit of all living organisms, never before did i think beyond this, until i read VITAL QUESTION: WHY IS LIFE THE WAY IT IS?
It takes you into the realm of prokaryotes and eukaryotes to trace the origin of cell to the lost city of alkaline hydrothermal vents.
The author further explains how redox(reduction-oxidation) reaction in respiration powered by proton pumps leads to effective synthesis of ATP(adenosine triphosphate) currency of energy.
The vital question, however, persists. Nature abhors vaccum then why there is gulf between prokaryotes and complex eukaryotes, should eukaryotes evolve from endosymbiosis or we tend to believe the evolution to be due to the sporadic seismic event some 1.5- 2 billion years ago.
The difference may be also due to lateral gene transfer in prokaryotes(bacteria and archaea) and endosymbiosis and vertical gene transfer in complex eukaryotes.
The correlation between free radicals(unpaired electrons) generated during respiration to health, ageing and how a mismatch between mitochondria- nucleus can result in apoptosis(death of cell) is beautifully explained.
To emphasize, with little fundamental in biology this book will be enjoyable to read, you can by yourself then ask many more VITAL QUESTIONS.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NICK LANE, is a biochemist in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at UCL and leads the UCL Origins of Life Programme.
PUBLISHER: PROFILE BOOKS LTD.