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Nick Lane

Nick Lane is the author of three critically acclaimed books on evolutionary biochemistry, translated into 20 languages. His Life Ascending won the 2010 Royal Society Prize for Science Books and The Vital Question has been shortlisted for the 2015 Biology Book of the Year. He leads the UCL Research Frontiers Origins of Life programme.

The Vital Question and The Future of Life
What were the origins of life and what are the biological changes we can expect in the future as our synthetic control over our genes advances exponentially? Was there a vital spark that set off life on our planet and why do we age and die? Evolutionary biochemist Nick Lane and geneticist and presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Science, Adam Rutherford, discuss their recent books – Lane’s The Vital Question; and Rutherford̵...