The Emergence of Life (2nd ed.)

From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology

by Pier Luigi Luisi

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  • 9781107092396
  • 9781316572986
  • 9781316570678
Addressing the emergence of life from a systems biology perspective, this new edition has undergone extensive revision, reflecting changes in scientific understanding and evolution of thought on the question 'what is life?'. With an emphasis on the philosophical aspects of science, including the epistemic features of modern synthetic biology, and also providing an updated view of the autopoiesis/cognition theory, the book gives an exhaustive treatment of the biophysical properties of vesicles, seen as the beginning of the 'road map' to the minimal cell - a road map which will develop into the question of whether and to what extent synthetic biology will be capable of making minimal life in the laboratory. Fully illustrated, accessibly written, directly challenging the reader with provocative questions, offering suggestions for research proposals, and including dialogues with contemporary authors such as Humberto Maturana, Albert Eschenmoser and Harold Morowitz, this is an ideal resource for researchers and students across fields including bioengineering, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, chemistry and chemical engineering.
  • Cambridge University Press; September 2016
  • ISBN: 9781316572986
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: The Emergence of Life
  • Author: Pier Luigi Luisi
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107092396
  • 9781316572986
  • 9781316570678

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'It is ten years since Professor Luisi's classic book The Emergence of Life appeared. It is highly welcome therefore that this second edition will explain many of the important advances that have occurred in the last decade. With his profound systems approach, Professor Luisi is better placed than anyone to do this. He also includes valuable interviews with other leading systems scientists. Highly recommended for those working in and interested in this growing field.' Denis Noble, University of Oxford