A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World

Book - 2011
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With humor, depth, and philosophical and historical insight, DNA reaches 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.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9780231142700
Branch Call Number: 572.86 Ro
Description: xii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Ziff, Edward
Van Loon, Borin 1951-


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Sep 01, 2018

what a bummer, epigenetics has disproven a whole lot of the genome theories this litle boks is based on. Those scientists spent a hugh amount to unravel DNA only to find that it is the surounding chromosomes that actually call the shots. Our genes are not fixed, they are living changing, and very much controlled over several generations by diet, sleep, stress level, ie. the choises we all make. So DNA is not worth cloning. But maybe you'd like the graphic aspect of this book, I commend the attempt to make something complex accessable.


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