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Paul Nurse

What Is Life?

by Paul Nurse

What Is Life?

Paul Nurse

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What is Life? answers one of our biggest questions by exploring the building blocks of biology and chemistry.

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What Is Life?

by Paul Nurse

What Is Life?

Paul Nurse

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You might think of biology as confined to high school science lessons or high-tech labs, but biology is a constant part of our everyday lives.

Nobel Prize Winner and geneticist Sir Paul Nurse is best known for his discovery of the cdc2 gene in fission yeast. His work has provided critical answers on cell growth and division, with wide-ranging implications for research on how abnormal growth leads to serious diseases.

In What is Life, Nurse utilizes his own experiences, along with famous experimental findings to highlight the role biology plays in everyday living. The book is divided into five great scientific discoveries: the cell, the gene, evolution by natural selection, life as chemistry, and life as information. Through a combination of well-known facts and the lesser-known stories of their discoveries, Nurse urges us to learn more about life's inner workings to better understand the changes happening in and around us every day.

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"Life on Earth belongs to a single, vastly interconnected ecosystem... This fundamental connectedness comes not only from their deep interdependency, but also from the fact that all life is genetically related through its shared evolutionary roots."

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