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First Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began

by David Deamer

Berkeley (CA): University of California Press, 2011. 288 pages.

Reviewer Antonio Lazcano writes, “Deamer has written a well-argued, deeply researched, and thought-provoking book on the origin of life. … First Life is neither dismayingly narrow nor unduly technical; its approach is engaging, accessible, and interdisciplinary. Based on his understanding of cell biology, the prebiotic environment, and the significance of Darwin’s intellectual inheritance, in this book he advocates an evolutionary approach as the key for understanding the essence of biological phenomena. His book is written as an enticing personal narrative, and ends with an epilogue that is a strong defense of the significance of science for individual and collective development.”