Christian de Duve

Listening to the Living Publication date : October 1, 2002

Everything one should know about biology is explained here by a Nobel Prize winner:
- The origin of life, its chemical production and reproduction.
- The cell; the history of life; its earliest forms, including bacteria; eukaryotes; cellular differentiation which causes single-cell protists to become multicellular organisms.
- Human evolution, the brain, the genius of genetics, extra-terrestrial life.
Finally, the author shows that although biology has undermined arguments in favour of the existence of God, religion and faith are a necessary product of nature selection.

Christian de Duve is the director of the Brussels-based International Institute on Cellular Pathology, where more than two hundred scientists are engaged in basic research for which they try to find medical applications. De Duve, who was born in London in 1917, was an emeritus professor at the Rockefeller Institute in New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 for his findings concerning the structural and functional organisation of cells.