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How We Live and Why We Die The Secret Lives of Cells

ISBN-10: 0393339386

ISBN-13: 9780393339383

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lewis Wolpert

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Lewis Wolpert is a distinguished developmental biologist, and is Emeritus Professor in Cell and Developmental Biology at University College, London. He is the author of, among others, The Unnatural Nature of Science and Malignant Sadness, which was described by Anthony Storr as 'the most objective short account of all the various approaches to depression'. His most recent book, You're Looking Very Well: The Surprising Nature of Getting Old, was published in 2011.

Introduction
the miraculous cell
Discovery
how science made plain the facts of life
How We Live
how cells replicate, maintain order, evolve and die
How We Function
how proteins determine the work of cells
How Genes Work
how DNA encodes proteins
How Our Cells Are Replaced
how stem cells self-replicate
How We Become Human
how we develop from a single cell
How We Reproduce
how meiosis works
How We Move, Think and Feel
how nerve cells communicate
How We Grow and Why We Age
how cells multiply, enlarge and decline
How We Survive
how cells defend against bacteria and viruses
How Cancer Strikes
how rogue cells form tumours
How Diseases Are Caused
when cells behave abnormally
The Origins of Life
the mystery of the first cell
Glossary
References
Index