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The language of life : how cells communicate in health and disease

Author: Debra Niehoff
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Language of Life reveals the private conversations of cells. In place of words, however, cells use chemicals, linking molecule to molecule to construct sentences that obey formal rules of grammar and syntax as binding as those that govern our own spoken and written language. Through the exchange and interpretation of chemical signals, they report every newsworthy event, record every memory, respond to every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Debra Niehoff
ISBN: 0309089891 9780309089890 0309102014 9780309102018
OCLC Number: 57565169
Description: v, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Small talk --
Build it and they will talk --
Plaiting the net --
Life in the balance --
"The scenario-buffered building" --
The virtual cell.
Responsibility: Debra Niehoff.
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"The Language of Life reveals the private conversations of cells. In place of words, however, cells use chemicals, linking molecule to molecule to construct sentences that obey formal rules of grammar and syntax as binding as those that govern our own spoken and written language. Through the exchange and interpretation of chemical signals, they report every newsworthy event, record every memory, respond to every bodily injury." "If you ever wondered how your body copes with stress and change, why you can't lose weight, or shake unreasonable fears; if you've pondered the origins of cancer or the epidemic of diabetes; or if a glimpse into the future of medicine intrigues you, this is a book you must read."--Jacket.

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"The tiny cells in our bodies harbor amazing internal communication networks. Understanding how those circuits are organized could help scientists develop new therapies for many serious disorders."

 
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