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Oxygen is the engine of life and evolution. This book explores the impact that oxygen has had on Earth, tracing the history of life from the very beginning. It explains the rise of animals and plants, the origin of two sexes, and the evolution of ageing and death.
Nick Lane studied biochemistry at Imperial College, University of London. His doctoral research, at the Royal Free Hospital, was on oxygen free-radicals and metabolic function in organ transplants. Dr Lane is Honorary Reader at University College London and strategic director at Adelphi Medi Cine, a medical multimedia company based in London, where he is responsible for developing interactive approaches to medical education. Articles by Nick Lane have been published in numerous international journals, including Scientific American, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal. He lives in London.