Life Sciences for the Non-scientist

Pirmais vāks
World Scientific, 2005 - 239 lappuses
As diverse as they are interesting, the issues within the life sciences never fail to impress and stir controversy among the lay public. In a field that too often presents the general reader with challenging and confusing material, this book provides a breath of fresh air: a readable, standalone collection of essays that navigate the complex terrain of cells, cloning, and Mad Cows.The second edition of this popular book is thoroughly updated with the latest issues, information, and statistics in the same readable and vividly illustrated format. A new chapter on organ transplantation looks at advances in immunology and the discovery of immunosuppressive drugs, which have contributed significantly to the success rate of these surgeries. Another new section tackles the fascinating subject of heredity, considering its historical background and Mendel's discoveries, genetically determined diseases, and the importance of genetic counseling.Illustrating how art, philosophy and mythology juxtapose yet complement scientific thought and evolution, the inclusion of poems and quotes at the end of each chapter serve to make this book truly unique.
 

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Chapter 1 In Search of Truth
1
Chapter 2 From Molecules to Cell
9
Chapter 3 From Inanimate to Animate
23
Chapter 4 The Mother of All Cells
31
Chapter 5 Cells Out of Control
37
Chapter 6 Extending the Range of Vision
47
Chapter 7 On Lifes Fringes
53
Chapter 8 A Friend and a Foe
69
Chapter 15 Microbes as Weapons
143
Chapter 16 Sex and Survival
151
Chapter 17 Do Microbes Possess Consciousness?
159
Chapter 18 Natures Clocks
165
Chapter 19 The Plant Kingdom
173
Chapter 20 The Long March of Evolution
183
Chapter 21 Making Clones
195
Chapter 22 Replacing Body Parts
201

Chapter 9 The Mouldy World
83
Chapter 10 The Unwanted Guests
91
Chapter 11 Mad Cows and Toxic Proteins
107
Chapter 12 Arthropods as Agents of Disease
113
Chapter 13 The Never Ending Battle
127
Chapter 14 Bolstering Defenses
137
Chapter 23 Heredity and Disease
207
Chapter 24 The End Game
217
Annex
227
Recommended Books for Further Reading
229
Index
233
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