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Alexandre Meinesz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226519319

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.001.0001

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On the Origin of Life on Earth

On the Origin of Life on Earth

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(p.23) Chapter 2 On the Origin of Life on Earth
How Life Began

Alexandre Meinesz

University of Chicago Press

The mystery of the origin of life on Earth has spawned many hypotheses. As does the study of our first ancestors, this subject also has a mystical and philosophical aura. It entails the origin of the first cells, the initiation of life perpetuated by reproduction, the essence of life of all the species comprising the fauna and flora. It is surely the most exciting subject in biology; it holds surprises that can change our conception of life and orient our vision of our future. This chapter discusses the genesis of the first bacteria.

Keywords:   origin of life, first cells, bacteria, reproduction

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