In Search of the Double Helix

In Search of the Double Helix

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Molecular biology is one of the great modern sciences. Headline-making developments in cloning, genetic engineering and the fight against disease all stem from the breakthrough in the 1950s and 60s of the identification of the molecule of life, DNA. This book sets out to tell the entire story of evolution: from Darwin to DNA and beyond, giving full credit to the role of quantum physics in our modern understanding of life itself, including human life.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 17mm | 250g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 30 line drawings, notes, index
  • 0140248137
  • 9780140248135

Table of contents

Darwin: Darwin up to date - The gift of time, Lyell's influence on Darwin, Darwin and Malthus, Three keys to evolution, Darwin and Wallace, Science and belief, Variation and evolution; Mendel and the Modern Synthesis - Mendel's early life, Mendel's peas, A prophet before his time, Chromosomes, Mendel rediscovered, The Modern Synthesis, Up to date; Sex and Recombination - The fruit fly factor, Broken chromosomes, Recombination, Variety is the spice of life, Mechanisms of mutation, Doubled chromosomes, Genes that cheat, McClintock's maize. DNA: Quantum Physics - Atoms and molecules, Molecules of life, Physics transformed, Particles and waves, Electron waves, Uncertainty, Atoms, Electrons and atoms; Quantum Chemistry - Chemical bonds, The covalent bond, Carbon's hybrid bonds, Resonance, Polymerization; Molecules of Life - Building blocks, Amino acids and proteins, Weak links can be important, The hydrogen bond, X-rays and proteins, The alpha helix, Single and triple helices, Enzymes, Protein crystallography, Myoglobin and hemoglobin, A common basis, Reading the message, Insulin; The Life Molecule - Pus provides the clue, What is nucleon?, False dogma, DNA at work, Getting the right mix, Schrodinger and the physicists, The searchers, On the trail, The double helix, Franklin's near miss, Ultracentrifugal proof. And Beyond: Cracking the Code - The other nucleic acid, Triplets to the fore, The sickle cell clue, Adaptors and messengers, The code cracked, Quantum physics and life; Jumping Genes - Packing in the DNA, McClintock's maize again, The French connection, McClintock rediscovered, Split genes and spliced messengers; From Darwin to DNA - The molecular proof of human origins, Blood brothers, Molecular evolution, The broad picture, The molecular clock, DNA itself, Darwin vindicated.show more

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