Life Itself

Life Itself : Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell

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In Life Itself, Boyce Rensberger, science writer for The Washington Post, takes readers to the frontlines of cell research with some of the brightest investigators in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Virtually all the hottest topics in biomedical research are covered here, such as how do cells and their minute components move How do the body's cells heal wounds? What is cancer? Why do cells die? And what is the nature of life? The solutions to the most pressing challenges facing scientists today - from the efforts to conquer disease to the quest to understand life itself - will be found in the innermost workings of the cell. In Life Itself, Rensberger paints a colourful and fascinating portrait of modern research in this vital area, an account which will enthrall anyone interested in state-of-the-art science or the incredible workings of the human body.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 16 halftones, 36 line figures
  • 0195125002
  • 9780195125009
  • 1,140,244

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An elegant, authoritative, yet felicitously written book that will appeal to anyone who is interested in how cells work....a compelling portrait of terrestrial life in its many guises. * New Scientist * Life Itself is a wonderfully readable digest of everything currently known about the mechanisms by which living cells perform their myriad tasks. * The New York Times Book Review *
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About Boyce Rensberger

Boyce Rensberger is Science Writer for The Washington Post, and is a former writer for The New York Times, where he helped establish `Science Times'.
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Table of contents

1. A Particle of Life ; 2. Molecular Motors ; 3. Animation ; 4. The Living-Room Cell ; 5. How Genes Work ; 6. One Life Becomes Two ; 7. Two lives Become One ; 8. Constructing a Person ; 9. Pumping Protein ; 10. Heal Thyself ; 11. In Self-Defense ; 12. Revolution ; 13. The Immortality Within
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42 ratings
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