The Story of Life, from Molecules to Species

Mark Looi
16 min readJan 15, 2022

What forms “life”? This article summarizes a series of briefs in The Economist that explain life from molecular building blocks up. Beginning at proteins and nucleic acids and ending as “species”, it condenses aspects of organic chemistry and biology into a short survey and glosses over much, but it attempts to draw a big picture for the general reader.

Proteins and Nucleic Acids

Mark Looi

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