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Mortal and immortal DNA : science and the lure of myth

Author: Gerald Weissmann
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"An absolute first-rate writer [on science and the arts]."--Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Weissmann
ISBN: 9781934137161 1934137162
OCLC Number: 261175861
Description: 191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Mortal and immortal DNA : Craig Venter and the lure of "lamia" --
Homeopathy : Holmes, hogwarts, and the Prince of Wales --
Citizen Pinel and the madman at Bellevue --
The experimental pathology of stress : Hans Selye to Paris Hilton --
Gore's fever and Dante's Inferno : Chikungunya reaches Ravenna --
Giving things their proper names : Carl Linnaeus and W.H. Auden --
Spinal irritation and fibromyalgia : Lincoln's surgeon general and the three graces --
Tithonus and the fruit fly : new science and old myths --
Swiftboating "America the beautiful" : Katharine Lee Bates and a Boston marriage --
Nothing makes sense in medicine except in the light of biology --
Apply directly to the forehead : Holmes, Zola, and Hennapecia --
Elizabeth Blackwell breaks the bonds --
Chronic lyme disease and medically unexplained syndromes --
Eugenics and the immigrant : Rosalyn Yalow and Rita Levi-Montalcini --
Science in the Middle East : Robert Koch and the cholera war --
How to win a Nobel prize : thinking inside and outside the box --
Homer Smith and the lungfish : the last gasp of intelligent design --
DDT is back : let us spray! --
Academic boycotts and the Royal Society --
Teach evolution, learn science : John William Draper and the "bone bill" --
Diderot and the yeti crab : the encyclopedias of life --
Dengue fever in Rio : Macumba versus Voltaire.
Responsibility: Gerald Weissmann.

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