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On the Origin of Life on Earth

Alexandre Meinesz

in How Life Began

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226519319
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226519333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.003.0003
On the Origin of Life on Earth

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The mystery of the origin of life on Earth has spawned many hypotheses. As does the study of our first ancestors, this subject also has a mystical and philosophical aura. It entails the origin of the first cells, the initiation of life perpetuated by reproduction, the essence of life of all the species comprising the fauna and flora. It is surely the most exciting subject in biology; it holds surprises that can change our conception of life and orient our vision of our future. This chapter discusses the genesis of the first bacteria.

Keywords: origin of life; first cells; bacteria; reproduction

Chapter.  10812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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