Death has not always been an inevitable component of life. Obligatory death as a result of senescence -- natural ageing -- may not have come into existence for more that billion years after life first appeared. This form of programmed death seems to have arisen at about the same time that cells began experimenting with sex in connection with reproduction, In Sex and the Origins of Death, Professor Clark looks at life and death at the level of the cell, as he addresses profound questions such as why we age, why death exists, and why sex and death go hand in hand. This brilliant, profound volume illuminates the miraculous workings of life at its most elemental level and finds in these tiny spaces the answers to some of our largest questions.

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