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A biochemist’s view of life’s origin reframes cancer and aging
23/08/2022 07:52 PM | Click to read full article
All living cells power themselves by coaxing energetic electrons from one side of a membrane to the other. Unlike the genetic code, these mechanisms are not the same everywhere: The two simplest categories of cells, bacteria and archaea, have membranes and protein complexes for producing energy that are chemically and structurally dissimilar.
This mystery led Nick Lane, a professor of evolutionary biochemistry at University College London, to an unorthodox hypothesis about the origin of life.