Summary: Vol 437|27 October 2005
BOOKS & ARTS
Power for life
Did the humble mitochondrion -- the powerhouse of the cell -- play a key role in the evolution of life?
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the
Meaning of Life
by Nick Lane
Oxford University Press: 2005. 320 pp.
John F. Allen
How living things obtain, store, convert and
use energy once aroused intense debate.
Careers and reputations were built and
destroyed in the `ox-phos wars' about the
mechanism of oxidative phosphorylation, in
which electron transport is coupled to the
phosphorylation of ADP, storing energy in the
form of ATP. Today there is a tendency to see
the problem as solved, and oxidative phospho-