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How we live and why we die : the secret lives of cells

Author: L Wolpert
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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" ... Wolpert, an internationally acclaimed embryologist, draws on the recent discoveries of genetics to demonstrate how human life derives from a single cell and then grows into a body: an incredibly complete society made up of billions of cells. Wolpert sensitively examines the science behind often controversial research topics that are much discussed but rarely understood - stem cell research, cloning, DNA, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: L Wolpert
ISBN: 9780393072211 0393072215 9780393339383 0393339386
OCLC Number: 316513389
Description: 240 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : the miraculous cell --
Discovery : how science made plain the facts of life --
How we live : how cells replicate, maintain order, evolve, and die --
How we function : how proteins determine the work of cells --
How genes work : how DNA encodes proteins --
How our cells are replaced : how stem cells self-replicate --
How we become human : how we develop from a single cell --
How we reproduce : how meiosis works --
How we move, think, and feel : how nerve cells communicate --
How we grow and why we age : how cells multiply, enlarge, and decline --
How we survive : how cells defend against bacteria and viruses --
How cancer strikes : how rogue cells form tumours --
How diseases are caused : when cells behave abnormally --
The origins of life : the mystery of the first cell.
Other Titles: Secret lives of cells
Responsibility: Lewis Wolpert.
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" ... Wolpert, an internationally acclaimed embryologist, draws on the recent discoveries of genetics to demonstrate how human life derives from a single cell and then grows into a body: an incredibly complete society made up of billions of cells. Wolpert sensitively examines the science behind often controversial research topics that are much discussed but rarely understood - stem cell research, cloning, DNA, and mutating cancer cells - all the while illuminating how the intricacies of cellular behavior bear directly on human behavior."--Inside jacket.

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