Membranes to molecular machines : active matter and the remaking of life (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Membranes to molecular machines : active matter and the remaking of life

Author: Mathias Grote
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today's science tells us that our bodies are filled with molecular machinery that orchestrates all sorts of life processes. When we think, microscopic "channels" open and close in our brain cell membranes; when we run, tiny "motors" spin in our muscle cell membranes; and when we see, light operates "molecular switches" in our eyes and nerves. A molecular-mechanical vision of life has become commonplace in both the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mathias Grote
ISBN: 9780226625157 022662515X
OCLC Number: 1051679803
Description: xvi, 286 pages, 4 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the molecular-mechanical vision of life --
Part one : Taking membranes apart, isolating a molecular pump --
What membranes can tell a historian and philosopher of the life sciences --
Active matter --
Part two: Remaking membranes and molecular machines --
Synthesizing cells and molecules : mechanisms as "plug-and-play" --
Biochip fever: life and technology in the 1980s --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
Other Titles: Active matter and the remaking of life
Responsibility: Mathias Grote.

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Today's science tells us that our bodies are filled with molecular machinery that orchestrates all sorts of life processes. When we think, microscopic "channels" open and close in our brain cell membranes; when we run, tiny "motors" spin in our muscle cell membranes; and when we see, light operates "molecular switches" in our eyes and nerves. A molecular-mechanical vision of life has become commonplace in both the halls of philosophy and the offices of drug companies, where researchers are developing "proton pump inhibitors" or medicines similar to Prozac. Membranes to Molecular Machines explores just how late twentieth-century science came to think of our cells and bodies this way. This story is told through the lens of membrane research, an unwritten history at the crossroads of molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and the neurosciences, that directly feeds into today's synthetic biology as well as nano- and biotechnology. Mathias Grote shows how these sciences not only have made us think differently about life, they have, by reworking what membranes and proteins represent in laboratories, allowed us to manipulate life as "active matter" in new ways. Covering the science of biological membranes in the United States and Europe from the mid-1960s to the 1990s, this book connects that history to contemporary work with optogenetics, a method for stimulating individual neurons using light, and will enlighten and provoke anyone interested in the intersection of chemical research and the life sciences--from practitioner to historian to philosopher. -- Provided by publisher.

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