The Path to the Double Helix

The Discovery of DNA

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Author: Robert Olby

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486166597

Category: Science

Page: 560

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Written by a noted historian of science, this in-depth account traces how Watson and Crick achieved one of science's most dramatic feats: their 1953 discovery of the molecular structure of DNA.

Francis Crick

Hunter of Life's Secrets

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Author: Robert Cecil Olby

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 538

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"In Francis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets, Robert Olby presents a full-length intellectual biography of Crick's life in science. After early life in Northampton, Crick gained experience as a scientist for the Royal Navy during World War II, before beginning academic studies in biophysics. His pioneering work in molecular biology in the 1950s and 1960s took place in Cambridge, and was followed by his move to the United States in 1976 and his work in neuroscience at the Salk Institute. Olby's detailed exploration of Crick's scientific life up to the famous 1953 discovery and beyond provides a clear demonstration of how chance does indeed favor the prepared mind.".

A Century of DNA

A History of the Discovery of the Structure and Function of the Genetic Substance

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Author: Franklin H. Portugal,Jack S. Cohen

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: 9780262660464

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 398

View: 1832

The story of DNA from the time of its discovery in 1869 up to the solution of the genetic code in the 1960s.

DE EVOLUTION

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Author: Jeff Frank

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1684096626

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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A large sophisticated telescope complex sits atop a dormant volcano in one of Earth's most remote locations. Some incredibly bright but fiercely independent folks operate it much of the time. They detect, map, and perform threat analysis of near-Earth objects. Shortly after the world narrowly escapes an extinction event, they start collecting pieces of a related cosmic puzzle. When they've connected enough of them, an intriguing and disturbing picture emerges. Yet the most revealing pieces don't reveal themselves until after all life on Earth already has begun marching in lockstep toward possible oblivion.

The Curves of Life

Being an Account of Spiral Formations and Their Application to Growth in Nature, to Science, and to Art : with Special Reference to the Manuscripts of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Author: Sir Theodore Andrea Cook,Theodore Andrea Cook

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486237015

Category: Mathematics

Page: 479

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The significance of the spiral in nature, art, science, and the phenomena of life and growth is probed

DNA

A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World

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Author: Israel Rosenfield,Edward Ziff,Borin Van Loon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231142714

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 257

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Traces the history of scientific studies into the nature of DNA and examines the impact of DNA research and genetic engineering on society.

Molecular Biology

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Author: Burton E. Tropp

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 0763786632

Category: Science

Page: 1097

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"Molecular Biology: Genes to Proteins is a guide through the basic molecular processes and genetic phenomena of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Written for the undergraduate and first year graduate students within molecular biology or molecular genetics, the text has been updated with the latest data in the field. It incorporates a biochemical approach as well as a discovery approach that provides historical and experimental information within the context of the narrative."--Publisher.

Principles of Molecular Biology

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Author: Burton E. Tropp

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 144964791X

Category: Science

Page: 752

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Includes access to the Student Companion Website with every print copy of the text. Written for the more concise course, Principles of Molecular Biology is modeled after Burton Tropp's successful Molecular Biology: Genes to Proteins and is appropriate for the sophomore level course. The author begins with an introduction to molecular biology, discussing what it is and how it relates to applications in "real life" with examples pulled from medicine and industry. An overview of protein structure and function follows, and from there the text covers the various roles of technology in elucidating the central concepts of molecular biology, from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Tropp then delves into the heart of the book with chapters focused on chromosomes, genetics, replication, DNA damage and repair, recombination, transposition, transcription, and wraps up with translation. Key Features: - Presents molecular biology from a biochemical perspective, utilizing model systems, as they best describe the processes being discussed -Special Topic boxes throughout focus on applications in medicine and technology -Presents "real world" applications of molecular biology that are necessary for students continuing on to medical school or the biotech industry -An end-of-chapter study guide includes questions for review and discussion -Difficult or complicated concepts are called-out in boxes to further explain and simplify

Synthetic Biology

Science, Business, and Policy

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Author: Lewis D. Solomon

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412846471

Category: Science

Page: 174

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For nearly forty years, using recombinant DNA tools, researchers, and then businesses, have genetically engineered organisms by transferring naturally occurring genes from one organism into another. Doing so modifies the genetic code of living cells, imparting new traits and achieving desired results; this is done in the production of proteins, pharmaceuticals, and seeds. Synthetic biology, argues Solomon, could free scientists from the need to find natural genes to make such desired modifications. Synthetic biology permits more complex and sophisticated bioengineering than what can be achieved through previous genetic modification techniques. Drawing on non-biological scientific and engineering disciplines, including information technology and nanotechnology, synthetic biology strives to rearrange an organism’s genes on a far wider scale by rewriting its genetic code, the chemical instructions need to design, assemble, and operate a species. By allowing the writing of artificial genetic codes, synthetic biology can transform existing industries and spawn new ones, creating new products as well as radically reshaping existing items. Arguing for self-regulation by the scientific and business communities, Lewis D. Solomon recommends a policy framework that would guard against governmental overregulation, which could create a barrier to innovation. Although synthetic biotechnology holds considerable social and economic potential, absent a nurturing regulatory climate, it may prove difficult to translate research discoveries into commercially viable applications.

Life Explained

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Author: Michel Morange

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300142390

Category: SCIENCE

Page: 222

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Fifty years ago Francis Crick and James D. Watson proposed the double helix model for the DNA molecule. They believed they had, as Crick put it, discovered the secret of life, and many agreed. But in the intervening years, science has marched sometimes leaped forward, and now the question What is life? must be posed once again.In this accessible and fascinating book, Michel Morange draws on recent advances in molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, astrobiology, and other disciplines to find today s answers to the question of life. He begins by discussing the various answers that have been formulated in the past, setting contemporary definitions of life within a rich philosophical and scientific tradition that reaches back to ancient Greece. Then, with impeccable logic and a wealth of appropriate detail, Morange proceeds to lay out the fundamental characteristics that define life. The road to an understanding of life remains incompletely charted, he concludes, but the nature of its final destination is no longer an enigma."

Science Vs. Religion

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Author: Steve Fuller

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745641210

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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For centuries, science and religion have been portrayed as diametrically opposed. In this provocative new book, Steve Fuller examines the apparent clash between science and religion by focusing on the heated debates about evolution and intelligent design theory. In so doing, he claims that science vs. religion is in fact a false dichotomy. For Fuller, supposedly intellectual disputes, such as those between creationist and evolutionist accounts of life, often disguise other institutionally driven conflicts, such as the struggle between State and Church to be the source of legitimate authority in society. Nowadays many conservative anti-science groups support intelligent design theory, but Fuller argues that the theory's theological roots are much more radical, based on the idea that humans were created to fathom the divine plan, perhaps even complete it. He goes on to examine the unique political circumstances in the United States that make the emergence of intelligent design theory so controversial, yet so persistent. Finally, he considers the long-term prognosis, arguing that the future remains very much undecided as society reopens the question of what it means to be human. This book will appeal to all readers intrigued by the debates about creationism, intelligent design and evolution, especially those looking for an intellectually exciting confrontation with the politics and promise of intelligent design theory.

The Man Who Invented the Chromosome

the life of Cyril Darlington

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Author: Oren Solomon HARMAN,Oren Solomon Harman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674038339

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 342

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Rosalind Franklin

The Dark Lady of DNA

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Author: Brenda Maddox

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062283502

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery. Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.

Infinite Potential

The Life and Times of David Bohm

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Author: F. David Peat

Publisher: Perseus Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 353

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Recounts the life of the physicist, psychologist, and philosopher David Bohm, including his friendship with J. Robert Oppenheimer and his protest against Senator Joseph McCarthy, and explains his landmark scientific discoveries and his work with Eastern philosophy.

Encyclopedia of Biology

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Author: Don Rittner,Timothy Lee McCabe

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438109997

Category: Biology

Page: 417

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Contains approximately 800 alphabetical entries, prose essays on important topics, line illustrations, and black-and-white photographs.

Designs for Life

Molecular Biology After World War II

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Author: Soraya de Chadarevian

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521570787

Category: Medical

Page: 423

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An important study on the making of molecular biology and its cultural contexts.

Rosalind Franklin and DNA

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Author: Anne Sayre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781439548585

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 221

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Presents the frequently overlooked story of the woman who helped discover the double helix structure of DNA, detailing the contributions of scientist Rosalind Franklin to the work of Watson, Crick, and Wilkins.

My Sister Rosalind Franklin

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Author: Jenifer Glynn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199699623

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

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The sister of the molecular biologist describes Rosalind Franklin's life, including her early eduction, her relations with her family, her time as a student at Cambridge University, and her scientific achievements.

DNA

The Secret of Life

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Author: James D. Watson,Andrew Berry

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307521486

Category: Science

Page: 464

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Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twentyfour, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond. Watson’s lively, panoramic narrative begins with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” before skipping ahead to 1866, when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the basic laws of inheritance. But genetics as we recognize it today—with its capacity, both thrilling and sobering, to manipulate the very essence of living things—came into being only with the rise of molecular investigations culminating in the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. In the DNA molecule’s graceful curves was the key to a whole new science. Having shown that the secret of life is chemical, modern genetics has set mankind off on a journey unimaginable just a few decades ago. Watson provides the general reader with clear explanations of molecular processes and emerging technologies. He shows us how DNA continues to alter our understanding of human origins, and of our identities as groups and as individuals. And with the insight of one who has remained close to every advance in research since the double helix, he reveals how genetics has unleashed a wealth of possibilities to alter the human condition—from genetically modified foods to genetically modified babies—and transformed itself from a domain of pure research into one of big business as well. It is a sometimes topsy-turvy world full of great minds and great egos, driven by ambitions to improve the human condition as well as to improve investment portfolios, a world vividly captured in these pages. Facing a future of choices and social and ethical implications of which we dare not remain uninformed, we could have no better guide than James Watson, who leads us with the same bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix one of the most successful books on science ever published. Infused with a scientist’s awe at nature’s marvels and a humanist’s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to become the classic telling of the defining scientific saga of our age.