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Life's edge : the search for what it means to be alive / Carl Zimmer.

Zimmer, Carl, 1966- (author.).



"We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world-from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses-the harder they find it is to locate life's edge"-- Provided by publisher.
What is life? The power seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Zimmer journeys through experiments that have attempted to recreate life; shows how coronaviruses have altered the course of history; and even tries his own had at evolving life in a test tube... with unnerving results. -- adapted from jacket

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  • ISBN: 9780593182710
  • ISBN: 0593182715
  • Physical Description: xx, 348 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-334) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The borderland -- The quickening. The way the spirit comes to the bones ; Death is resisted -- The hallmarks. Dinner ; Decisive matter ; Preserving constant the conditions of life ; Copy/Paste ; Darwin's lung -- A series of dark questions. This astonishing multiplication ; Irritations ; The sect ; This mud was actually alive ; A play of water ; Scripts -- Return to the borderland. Half life ; Data needed for a blueprint ; No obvious bushes ; Four blue droplets.
Subject: Life sciences.
Life (Biology)
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / General.
Life (Biology)
Life sciences
Genre: Instructional and educational works.
Creative nonfiction.

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