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xi, 592 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Prologue: Families
  • "The missing science of heredity" 1865-1935
  • "In the sum of the parts, there are only the parts" 1930-1970
  • "The dreams of geneticits" 1970-2001
  • "The proper study of mankind is man" 1970-2005
  • Through the looking glass 2001-2015
  • Post-genome 2015-...
  • Epilogue: Bheda, Abheda.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author draws on his scientific knowledge and research to describe the magisterial history of a scientific idea, the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans; that governs our form, function, and fate; and that determines the future of our children. The story of the gene begins in earnest in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where Gregor Mendel, a monk working with pea plants, stumbles on the idea of a "unit of heredity." It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms postwar biology. It invades discourses concerning race and identity and provides startling answers to some of the most potent questions coursing through our political and cultural realms. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, temperament, choice, and free will, thus raising the most urgent questions affecting our personal realms. Above all, the story of the gene is driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds--from Mendel and Darwin to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Rosalind Franklin to the thousands of scientists working today to understand the code of codes. Woven through the book is the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, a haunting reminder that the science of genetics is not confined to the laboratory but is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The moral complexity of genetics reverberates even more urgently today as we learn to "read" and "write" the human genome--unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children and our children's children.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Science Library (Li and Ma)
xx, 875 pages : colored illustrations ; 29 cm. + 1 DVD-ROM + 1 poster.
  • CONTENTS 1. The Biology and Genetics of Cells and Organisms 2. The Nature of Cancer 3. Tumor Viruses 4. Cellular Oncogenes 5. Growth Factors, Receptors, and Cancer 6. Cytoplasmic Signaling Circuitry Programs Many of the Traits of Cancer 7. Tumor Suppressor Genes 8. pRb and Control of the Cell Cycle Clock 9. p53 and Apoptosis: Master Guardian and Executioner 10. Eternal Life: Cell Immortalization and Tumorigenesis 11. Multi-step Tumorigenesis 12. Maintenance of Genomic Integrity and the Development of Cancer 13. Dialogue Replaces Monologue: Heterotypic Interactions and the Biology of Angiogenesis 14. Moving Out: Invasion and Metastasis 15. Crowd Control: Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy 16. The Rational Treatment of Cancer.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815342199 20160618
Thoroughly updated and incorporating the most important advances in the fast-growing field of cancer biology, The Biology of Cancer, Second Edition, maintains all of its hallmark features admired by students, instructors, researchers, and clinicians around the world. The Biology of Cancer is a textbook for students studying the molecular and cellular bases of cancer at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels. The principles of cancer biology are presented in an organized, cogent, and in-depth manner. The clarity of writing, supported by an extensive full-color art program and numerous pedagogical features, makes the book accessible and engaging. The information unfolds through the presentation of key experiments that give readers a sense of discovery and provide insights into the conceptual foundation underlying modern cancer biology. The new Second Edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to include major advances in cancer biology over the past six years. Updates include current information on: * The tumor microenvironment * Metastatic dissemination * Tumor immunology * Cancer stem cells * The epithelial-mesenchymal transition * Multi-step tumorigenesis * Invasion and metastasis * Mutation of cancer cell genomes * Greatly expanded treatment of traditional therapy * Epigenetic contributions * MicroRNA involvement * The Warburg effect Besides its value as a textbook, The Biology of Cancer is a useful reference for individuals working in biomedical laboratories and for clinical professionals. Every copy of the book comes with an updated "Pathways in Human Cancer" poster and a DVD-ROM containing the book's art program, a greatly expanded selection of movies, audio file mini-lectures, Supplementary Sidebars, and a Media Guide.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780815342199 20160618
Science Library (Li and Ma)