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The Challenge of Monitoring Biodiversity

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a guest blog by Charlie Outhwaite, written for the 2015 Write About Research Competition. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is a complex term encompassing the variety of life found on Earth. It incorporates not only differences between species but within species themselves and of the environments and ecosystems where they are found. We as humans benefit […]

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Dr Nick Lane co-author of Nature article on 'The energetics of genome complexity'

26 October 2010

 The evolution of complex life is strictly dependent on mitochondria, the tiny power stations found in all complex cells, according to a new study by Dr Nick Lane, from the UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment and Dr William Martin, from the University of Dusseldorf.

Prof Nick Lane

“The underlying principles are universal. Energy is vital, even in the realm of evolutionary inventions,” said Dr Lane. “Even aliens will need mitochondria."

For 70 years scientists have reasoned that evolution of nucleus was the key to complex life. Now, in work published today in Nature, Lane and Martin reveal that in fact mitochondria were fundamental to the development of complex innovations like the nucleus because of their function as power stations in the cell.

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