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Fox, 30-year respected researcher in biochemistry, contends that thermal proteins formed into proteinoid microspheres are the organizational precursors of life. This firsthand account presents the reasoning leading to his hypothesis along with autobiographical anecdotes and laboratory results. Fox critically reviews alternate origin-of-life paradigms but pays little attention to criticisms of his construct. His work is the best available for the nonspecialist on this currently favored hypothesis of determined protein evolution. (Readers seeking a more extensive, evenhanded review on the evolution of protolife would be better served by Robert Shapiro's Origins , LJ 1/1/86.) Recommended. Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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