DNA A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World

ISBN-10: 0231142714
ISBN-13: 9780231142717
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Description: With humor, depth, and philosophical and historical insight, DNAreaches out to a wide range of readers with its graphic portrayal of a complicated science. Suitable for use in and out of the classroom, this volume covers DNA's many marvels, from its  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

With humor, depth, and philosophical and historical insight, DNAreaches out to a wide range of readers with its graphic portrayal of a complicated science. Suitable for use in and out of the classroom, this volume covers DNA's many marvels, from its original discovery in 1869 to early-twentieth-century debates on the mechanisms of inheritance and the deeper nature of life's evolution and variety.Even readers who lack a background in science and philosophy will learn a tremendous amount from this engaging narrative. The book elucidates DNA's relationship to health and the cause and cure of disease. It also covers the creation of new life forms, nanomachines, and perspectives on crime detection, and considers the philosophical sources of classical Darwinian theory and recent, radical changes in the understanding of evolution itself. Already these developments have profoundly affected our notions about living things. Borin Van Loon's humorous illustrations recount the contributions of Gregor Mendel, Frederick Griffith, James Watson, and Francis Crick, among other biologists, scientists, and researchers, and vividly depict the modern controversies surrounding the Human Genome Project and cloning.

Israel Rosenfield, author of a number of nonfiction books, writes frequently for the "New York Review of Books" & teaches history at City University of New York.

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