How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells by Lewis Wolpert

By Lewis Wolpert

Biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the fundamentals of human existence throughout the lens of its smallest component—the cell.

Everything approximately our existence—movement and reminiscence, mind's eye and replica, start and, eventually, death—is ruled by means of our cells. they're the foundation of all existence within the universe, from the tiniest micro organism to the main advanced animals. within the culture of the vintage Lives of a Cell, yet with the advantage of the most recent study, across the world acclaimed embryologist Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human lifestyles derives from a unmarried telephone after which grows right into a physique, an extremely advanced society made from billions of them. once we age, our cells can't fix the wear they've got passed through; once we get sick, the reason is, cells are so broken they cease operating and die. Wolpert examines the technological know-how in the back of subject matters which are a lot mentioned yet hardly understood—stem mobilephone examine, cloning, DNA, mutating melanoma cells—and explains how all existence developed from only one mobilephone. energetic and passionate, this is often an obtainable advisor to realizing the human physique and existence itself. .

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34 Bennett, MD & Leitch, Ilia (2000) Variation in nuclear DNA amount (C-value) in monocots and its significance. In KL Wilson and DA Morrison (eds) Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 137–46. 35 Bennett, MD (2000) Genomic organisation and systematics in the 21st century. In KL Wilson and DA Morrison (eds) Monocots: Systematics and Evolution. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 147–56. 36 Walbot, V (1991) Maize mutants for the 21st century. The Plant Cell 3: 851–56.

1 Wheat florets from a male-fertile control plant and from a transgenic male sterile plant expressing the gene for barnase:A male fertile plant; B male sterile plant; C dismembered male fertile floret just before anther maturity; and D dismembered male sterile floret, showing degeneration of the anthers and swelling of the ovary (ovarium). Pictures courtesy of Dr Marc De Block. 1 Influence of a pre-treatment with nicotinamide on transformation frequency and integration of the delivered DNA construct in wheat embryogenic callus tissuea Pretreatment Total calli Total bombarded number transformed None 1556 4 4 days, 2 mM nicotinamide 1653 15 Number of transformants with each copy number for barnase and barb 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 4 4 3 0 0 7 4 4 0 0 3 2 5 4 4 0 3 a Data of M.

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