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Processes of Life An Introduction to Molecular Biology

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ISBN-10: 0262013053

ISBN-13: 9780262013055

Edition: 2009

Authors: Lawrence E. Hunter

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Recent research in molecular biology has produced a remarkably detailed understanding of how living things operate. Becoming conversant with the intricacies of molecular biology and its extensive technical vocabulary, can be a challenge, though, as introductory materials often seem more like a barrier than an invitation to the study of life. This text offers a concise and accessible introduction to molecular biology, requiring no previous background in science, aimed at students and professionals in fields ranging from engineering to journalismanyone who wants to get a foothold in this rapidly expanding field. It will be particularly useful for computer scientists exploring computational…    
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/24/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 316
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694

Lawrence E. Hunter, a founder of the International Society for Computational Biology, is Director of the Computational Bioscience Program and of the Center for Computational Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Preface
In the Beginning ...
Approaching the Study of Life
Billions and Billions of Creatures ...
... All Alike
Where To from Here
Evolution
Inheritance
Variation
Selection
A Brief History of Life on Earth
Evolution and Life
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A Little Bit of Chemistry
Matter
Atoms
Molecules and Bonds
Reactions
Organic Chemistry
Energy and Thermodynamics
Chemistry and Life
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The Structure and Function of Bacteria
Membranes and Boundaries
Cytoplasm and Metabolism
Chromosomes and Genomes
Bacterial Life
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Biological Macromolecules
Protein
Protein Structure
Protein Evolution
Protein Function
Nucleic Acids
DNA
RNA
DNA Evolution
Macromolecules and Life
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Eukaryotes
Eukaryotic Gene Structure and Transcription
Components of the Eukaryotic Cell
The Nucleus
The Endoplasmic Reticulum and Golgi Apparatus
The Mitochondrion
The Chloroplast
Other Plastids
The Proteasome, the Lysosome, and the Peroxisome
Lifestyles of the Single-Celled Eukaryote
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Multicellular Organisms and Development
The Origin of Multicellular Organisms
Development
Molecular Maps
Cell-to-Cell Signaling
Cell Motion
Differentiation
Organogenesis
Growth
Multicellular Life and Humanity
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Anatomy, Physiology, and Systems Biology
Homeostasis
Tissues
Organ Systems
The Cardiovascular System
The Immune System
The Nervous System
Systems Biology
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Disease and Its Treatment
General Principles of Pathology and Therapeutics
Cellular Stress and Responses to It
Cell Injury
Cell Death
General Principles of Therapeutics
Healing
Genetics and Disease
Infectious Disease and Antibiotics
Cardiovascular Disease
Cancer
Drug Discovery
Molecular Medicine
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Molecular Biotechnology
Molecular Instrumentation
Measurements of Mass and Charge
Macromolecular Structure Determination
Assays of Molecular Activity
Distribution of Molecules Through Space and Time
Nucleic Acid Instrumentation
Model Organisms: Germs, Worms, Weeds, Bugs, and Rodents
Escherichia coli
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Arabidopsis thaliana
Caenorhabditis elegans
Drosophila melanogaster
Danio rerio
Mus musculus
Genetic Engineering
Molecular Biotechnology and Human Life
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Molecular Bioethics
Molecular Biology and Medicine
Molecular Biology and Agriculture
Molecular Biology and Society
Regulation and Control of Molecular Biotechnology
Learning about Life
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Glossary
Index