The Cell: Evolution of the First Organism – Joseph Panno – 1st Edition


Understanding the cell is the key to grasping the significant potential and technological developments of the new biology. Gene therapy, animal cloning, and stem cell therapy are possible now only because of the great advances in our knowledge of cell biology, which modern technology has allowed scientists to make.

As researchers are able to understand more about individual cells, questions and theories arise about such elements as DNA, enzymes, and chromosomes. From the origins of the first cell to the diseases that attack different types of cells, this comprehensive volume tells the full story of this organism. Presented from the point of view of the cell’s motivations, The Cell presents the origins and mechanisms of this element of life and the development of scientific knowledge surrounding it.

This approach is especially helpful to those students who have no background in cell biology. It covers speculation on the development of the first cell and the development of single cells into the complex cells that eventually created animal bodies. For students and general readers, the book explains how the study of the cell cycle has led to the possibility of stem cell and cloning research.

Biographies of scientists and researchers involved in cell research, along with a bibliography, glossary, and index are also included.

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  • 1 The Origin of Life
    The Big Bang
    The Importance of Violent Storms
    Essential Molecules Formed Spontaneously
    Life Began in an RNA World
    Once upon a Wave
    The Classification of Cells
    2 Procaryotes: Laying the Foundations
    A Simple but Versatile Cell
    The Quest For Power
    The Importance of Good Housekeeping
    A Lost World
    A New Genetic Order
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    3 Eucaryotes: Dawn of a New Era
    Overview of Eucaryote Structure and Function
    The Nucleus
    Protein Synthesis
    Designing a Molecular Forest
    The Birth of Communication
    Symbiosis and the Quest for Power
    Recycling and Defense
    4 The Cell Cycle
    DNA Replication
    Binary Fission
    5 Genes
    The Human Genome Project
    The Future of Genomic Research
    Turning Genes On and Off
    Gene Monitors and Repair Crews
    Jumping Genes
    6 From Cells to Bodies
    The Road to Multicellular Creatures
    Cell Junctions
    Cells in the Human Body
    Cells of the Immune System
    7 Neurons: Pushing Back the Night
    Neural Anatomy
    Signal Transduction
    The Synaptic Junction
    Neural Circuits
    8 Resource Center
    Light Microscopy
    Histology and Histochemistry
    Recombinant DNA Technology

  • Citation
    • Full Title: The Cell: Evolution of the First Organism
    • Author/s:
    • ISBN-10: 0816049467
    • ISBN-13: 9780816049462
    • Edition: 1st Edition
    • Topic: Biology
    • Subtopic: Cell Biology
    • File Type: eBook
    • Idioma: English

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