2008
DOI: 10.1097/aln.0b013e31817b5a7e View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: The advent of oxygenic photosynthesis and the accumulation of oxygen in our atmosphere opened up new possibilities for the development of life on Earth. The availability of oxygen, the most capable electron acceptor on our planet, allowed the development of highly efficient energy production from oxidative phosphorylation, which shaped the evolutionary development of aerobic life forms from the first multicellular organisms to the vertebrates.

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“…This element could be effectively depleted in an enclosed chamber in the presence of a naked flame, and it could have severe consequences for a mouse within the same chamber. 1,2 The scientist, John Mayow, proved that a component part of air was critical for life and could be removed by a naked flame and respiration. Work a century later showed that mice were able to survive for longer in air heated by mercury oxide, compared to air heated using a flame, again pertaining to the fact that fire required an element in air, and by utilizing this element, its depletion directly resulted in the demise of a mouse.…”
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“…This work was repeated and the results essentially described a component termed ‘eminently breathable air’, later termed ‘oxygen’. 1,2 …”
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