Life's Greatest Secret

The Race to Crack the Genetic Code

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Author: Matthew Cobb

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782830022

Category: History

Page: 728

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Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. The code forms the most striking proof of Darwin's hypothesis that all organisms are related, holds tremendous promise for improving human well-being, and has transformed the way we think about life. Matthew Cobb interweaves science, biography and anecdote in a book that mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends and ingenious experiments with the pace of a thriller. He describes cooperation and competition among some of the twentieth century's most outstanding and eccentric minds, moves between biology, physics and chemistry, and shows the part played by computing and cybernetics. The story spans the globe, from Cambridge MA to Cambridge UK, New York to Paris, London to Moscow. It is both thrilling science and a fascinating story about how science is done.

Gene Machine

The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

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Author: Venki Ramakrishnan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 046509337X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A Nobel Prize-winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology's most important molecule "Ramakrishnan's writing is so honest, lucid and engaging that I could not put this book down until I had read to the very end."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene Everyone has heard of DNA. But by itself, DNA is just an inert blueprint for life. It is the ribosome--an enormous molecular machine made up of a million atoms--that makes DNA come to life, turning our genetic code into proteins and therefore into us. Gene Machine is an insider account of the race for the structure of the ribosome, a fundamental discovery that both advances our knowledge of all life and could lead to the development of better antibiotics against life-threatening diseases. But this is also a human story of Ramakrishnan's unlikely journey, from his first fumbling experiments in a biology lab to being the dark horse in a fierce competition with some of the world's best scientists. In the end, Gene Machine is a frank insider's account of the pursuit of high-stakes science.

Herding Hemingway's Cats

Understanding how our genes work

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Author: Kat Arney

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472910060

Category: Science

Page: 288

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The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. So we've all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? There are 2.2 metres of DNA inside every one of your cells, encoding roughly 20,000 genes. These are the 'recipes' that tell our cells how to make the building blocks of life, along with myriad control switches ensuring they're turned on and off at the right time and in the right place. But rather than a static string of genetic code, this is a dynamic, writhing biological library. Figuring out how it all works – how your genes build your body – is a major challenge for researchers around the world. And what they're discovering is that far from genes being a fixed, deterministic blueprint, things are much more random and wobbly than anyone expected. Drawing on stories ranging from six toed cats and stickleback hips to Mickey Mouse mice and zombie genes – told by researchers working at the cutting edge of genetics – Kat Arney explores the mysteries in our genomes with clarity, flair and wit, creating a companion reader to the book of life itself.

Three Biological Myths: Race, Ancestry, Ethnicity

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Author: Alain F. Corcos

Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.

ISBN: 1627875859

Category: Science

Page: 156

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By the end of the twentieth century, biologists and anthropologists concluded that there are no human races. In Three Biological Myths: Race, Ancestry, Ethnicity, Professor Alain F. Corcos raises the question: What about ethnicity? Is it also a biological myth? He also asks a very important question in a time when people are busy looking for their roots: What did your ancestors transmit to you? The answers may surprise you. Human diversity occupies much of the talk these days, but few know about the biological process -- meiosis -- responsible for that extreme diversity. In Three Biological Myths: Race, Ancestry, Ethnicity, Corcos explains the process by which our extreme diversity occurs.

Alan Turing, Enigma

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Author: Andrew Hodges

Publisher: Springer Verlag

ISBN: 9783211826270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 662

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Alan Turing, Enigma ist die Biographie des legendAren britischen Mathematikers, Logikers, Kryptoanalytikers und Computerkonstrukteurs Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954). Turing war einer der bedeutendsten Mathematiker dieses Jahrhunderts und eine hAchst exzentrische PersAnlichkeit. Er gilt seit seiner 1937 erschienenen Arbeit "On Computable Numbers," in der er das Prinzip des abstrakten Universalrechners entwickelte, als der Erfinder des Computers. Er legte auch die Grundlagen fA1/4r das heute "KA1/4nstliche Intelligenz" genannte Forschungsgebiet. Turings zentrale Frage "Kann eine Maschine denken?" war das Motiv seiner Arbeit und wird die SchlA1/4sselfrage des Umgangs mit dem Computer werden. Die bis 1975 geheimgehaltene TAtigkeit Turings fA1/4r den britischen Geheimdienst, die zur EntschlA1/4sselung des deutschen Funkverkehrs fA1/4hrte, trug entscheidend zum Verlauf und Ausgang des Zweiten Weltkriegs bei.

Cracking the Genome

Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA

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Author: Kevin Davies

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801871405

Category: Medical

Page: 327

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This newly updated edition sheds light on the secrets of the sequence, highlighting the myriad ways in which genomics will impact human health for generations to come.

Global Studies: Latin America

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Author: Paul Goodwin

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin

ISBN: 9780879677367

Category: History

Page: 248

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From McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series (formerly known as McGraw-Hill/Dushkin), the Global Studies volumes are designed to provide comprehensive background information and selected world press articles on the regions and countires of the world. This twelfth edition of GLOBAL STUDIES: LATIN AMERICA includes introductory essays on Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Carribbean region, with concise reports and current statistics for each of the countries within these regions. This background information is complemented by a selection of articles from the world press.

The Seamless Garment

Writings on the Consistent Ethic of Life

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Author: Joseph Bernardin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 305

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This is a collection of 35 of Cardinal Bernardin's addresses and writings on his formula of a 'seamless garment' to link the church's 'consistent ethic of life' in response to a range of social and moral issues. The pieces reflect Bernardin's thought on topics such as capital punishment, war and abortion.

The Gene Age

Genetic Engineering and the Next Industrial Revolution

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Author: Edward J. Sylvester,Lynn C. Klotz

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 239

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A revision of the Macmillan edition, 1983.

The Economist

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Economic history

Page: N.A

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