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Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life

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Shay Zucker, L. Jeremy Richardson, Sara Seager, Edward Thommes, Paul Higgs, Ralph Pudritz, David Deamer, Lynn Rothschild, Karl Stetter, Henner Brinkmann, Denis Baurain, Hervé Philippe, Olga Zhaxybayeva, J. Peter Gogarten, Adolf Seilacher, Alexandra Pontefract, Jonathan Stone, Chris McKay, Eörs Szathmary, Tibor Ganti, Tamas Pocs, Andras Horvath, Akos Kereszturi, Szaniszlo Berzci, Andras Sik, François Raulin, Richard Greenberg
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107412866

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  • Several major breakthroughs have helped contribute to the emerging field of astrobiology. Focusing on these developments, this fascinating book explores some of the most important problems in this field. It examines how planetary systems formed, and how water and the biomolecules necessary for life were produced. It then focuses on how life may have originated and evolved on Earth. Building on these two themes, the final section takes the reader on a search for life elsewhere in the Solar System. It presents the latest results of missions to Mars and Titan, and explores the possibilities of life in the ice-covered ocean of Europa. This interdisciplinary book is an enjoyable overview of this exciting field for students and researchers in astrophysics, planetary science, geosciences, biochemistry, and evolutionary biology. Colour versions of some of the figures are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521875486.

    • An accurate overview of the subject with contributions from world leaders in the field
    • Covers a wide range of topics for readers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds
    • Colour versions of some of the figures are available online at www.cambridge.org/9780521875486
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    '… a volume that is uniform in style, accessible, and useful for students and workers with an astrobiological leaning, whatever subject specialism they work in. Recommended to readers throughout the Solar System.' The Observatory

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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107412866
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life:
    1. Observations of extrasolar planetary systems Shay Zucker
    2. The atmospheres of extrasolar planets L. Jeremy Richardson and Sara Seager
    3. Terrestrial planet formation Edward Thommes
    4. Protoplanetary disks, amino acids and the genetic code Paul Higgs and Ralph Pudritz
    5. Emergent phenomena in biology: the origin of cellular life David Deamer
    Part II. Life on Earth:
    6. Extremophiles: defining the envelope for the search for life in the Universe Lynn Rothschild
    7. Hyperthermophilic life on Earth - and on Mars? Karl Stetter
    8. Phylogenomics: how far back in the past can we go? Henner Brinkmann, Denis Baurain and Hervé Philippe
    9. Horizontal gene transfer, gene histories and the root of the tree of life Olga Zhaxybayeva and J. Peter Gogarten
    10. Evolutionary innovation versus ecological incumbency Adolf Seilacher
    11. Gradual origins for the Metazoans Alexandra Pontefract and Jonathan Stone
    Part III. Life in the Solar System?:
    12. The search for life on Mars Chris McKay
    13. Life in the dark dune spots of Mars: a testable hypothesis Eörs Szathmary, Tibor Ganti, Tamas Pocs, Andras Horvath, Akos Kereszturi, Szaniszlo Berzci and Andras Sik
    14. Titan: a new astrobiological vision from the Cassini-Huygens data François Raulin
    15. Europa, the Ocean Moon: tides, permeable ice, and life Richard Greenberg
    Index.

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    Ralph Pudritz, McMaster University, Ontario

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    Shay Zucker, L. Jeremy Richardson, Sara Seager, Edward Thommes, Paul Higgs, Ralph Pudritz, David Deamer, Lynn Rothschild, Karl Stetter, Henner Brinkmann, Denis Baurain, Hervé Philippe, Olga Zhaxybayeva, J. Peter Gogarten, Adolf Seilacher, Alexandra Pontefract, Jonathan Stone, Chris McKay, Eörs Szathmary, Tibor Ganti, Tamas Pocs, Andras Horvath, Akos Kereszturi, Szaniszlo Berzci, Andras Sik, François Raulin, Richard Greenberg

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