The Machinery of Life (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Machinery of Life Taking its readers on a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines, this book introduces the types of molecules built by cells. Then, in a series of full-color illustrations, the reader is guided through the interior world of cells.
- Published: 28 April 2009
- Format: Hardback 180 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780387849249 ISBN 10: 0387849246
- Sales rank: 68,524
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Full description for The Machinery of Life
The Machinery of Life is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. Readers are introduced to the types of molecules built by cells, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and polysaccharides; then, in a series of full-color "watercolor" illustrations, which show a portion of a living cell magnified by 1,000,000 times, the reader is guided through the interior world of cells. The book explores the ways in which molecules work in concert to perform the processes of living, and how vitamins, viruses, poisons, and drugs each have their effects on the molecules in our bodies. The book is a fascinating introduction to biochemistry for the non-specialist, and combines a lucid text with an abundance of drawings and computer graphics that present the world of cells and their components in a truly unique way. This new edition has been updated to include the many major advances of the past decade, and is richly illustrated in full color throughout.