• Science

DNA

The Secret of Life
Author: James D. Watson,Andrew Berry
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307521486
Category: Science
Page: 464
View: 975
Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just twentyfour, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution—from Mendel’s garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond. Watson’s lively, panoramic narrative begins with the fanciful speculations of the ancients as to why “like begets like” before skipping ahead to 1866, when an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first deduced the basic laws of inheritance. But genetics as we recognize it today—with its capacity, both thrilling and sobering, to manipulate the very essence of living things—came into being only with the rise of molecular investigations culminating in the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, for which Watson shared a Nobel prize in 1962. In the DNA molecule’s graceful curves was the key to a whole new science. Having shown that the secret of life is chemical, modern genetics has set mankind off on a journey unimaginable just a few decades ago. Watson provides the general reader with clear explanations of molecular processes and emerging technologies. He shows us how DNA continues to alter our understanding of human origins, and of our identities as groups and as individuals. And with the insight of one who has remained close to every advance in research since the double helix, he reveals how genetics has unleashed a wealth of possibilities to alter the human condition—from genetically modified foods to genetically modified babies—and transformed itself from a domain of pure research into one of big business as well. It is a sometimes topsy-turvy world full of great minds and great egos, driven by ambitions to improve the human condition as well as to improve investment portfolios, a world vividly captured in these pages. Facing a future of choices and social and ethical implications of which we dare not remain uninformed, we could have no better guide than James Watson, who leads us with the same bravura storytelling that made The Double Helix one of the most successful books on science ever published. Infused with a scientist’s awe at nature’s marvels and a humanist’s profound sympathies, DNA is destined to become the classic telling of the defining scientific saga of our age.

    • DNA

DNA

The Secret of Life
Author: James D. Watson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0099451840
Category: DNA
Page: 487
View: 6074
"James Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and author of the international bestseller The Double Helix, tells the story of the amazing molecule since its discovery fifty years ago, following modern genetics from his own Nobel prize-winning work in the fifties to today's Dolly the sheep, designer babies and GM foods. ProfessorWatson introduces the science of modern genetics, along with its history and its implications, in this magnificent guide to one of the most triumphant achievements of human science."

    • Science

DNA

The Secret of Life
Author: James D. Watson,Andrew Berry
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0375710078
Category: Science
Page: 446
View: 3698
A history of the genetic revolution discusses the double helix, the mapping of the human genome, molecular dynamics, and the potential of genetics technology.

    • Science

DNA

The Secret of Life, Fully Revised and Updated
Author: James Watson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407096249
Category: Science
Page: 624
View: 4323
Along with Francis Crick, James Watson was the discoverer of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule, realising both how it was able to reproduce itself and how, through its immense variety, it was able to pass on genetic instructions from one generation to the next. Their discovery paved the way for fifty years of explosive scientific achievement of extraordinary importance, both in strictly scientific terms and in its technological and social significance. From Dolly the sheep to GM foods to designer babies, science-related newspaper headlines have been dominated by the implications of their work. In DNA, now fully updated and revised to include new findings in gene editing, epigenetics and agricultural chemistry, as well as two entirely new chapters on personal genomics and cancer research, Watson tells the story of this pioneering research and its impact on the world in which we live, from its beginnings to the present day. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative exploration of DNA’s impact – practical, social, and ethical – on our society and our world.

    • Science

Life's Greatest Secret

The Race to Crack the Genetic Code
Author: Matthew Cobb
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465062660
Category: Science
Page: 464
View: 6407
Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life’s secrets. Life’s Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us. This great scientific breakthrough has had farreaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world, and for how we might take control of our (and life’s) future. Life’s Greatest Secret mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends, and ingenious experiments with the swift pace of a thriller. From New York to Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Cambridge, England, and London to Moscow, the greatest discovery of twentieth-century biology was truly a global feat. Biologist and historian of science Matthew Cobb gives the full and rich account of the cooperation and competition between the eccentric characters—mathematicians, physicists, information theorists, and biologists—who contributed to this revolutionary new science. And, while every new discovery was a leap forward for science, Cobb shows how every new answer inevitably led to new questions that were at least as difficult to answer: just ask anyone who had hoped that the successful completion of the Human Genome Project was going to truly yield the book of life, or that a better understanding of epigenetics or “junk DNA” was going to be the final piece of the puzzle. But the setbacks and unexpected discoveries are what make the science exciting, and it is Matthew Cobb’s telling that makes them worth reading. This is a riveting story of humans exploring what it is that makes us human and how the world works, and it is essential reading for anyone who’d like to explore those questions for themselves.

    • Science

The Secret of Life

Redesigning the Living World
Author: Joseph S. Levine,David T. Suzuki
Publisher: W H Freeman & Company
ISBN: 9780716733119
Category: Science
Page: 280
View: 4062
DNA's power is global - it has orchestrated the history of life on earth for three and a half billion years. Yet its touch is intimate - it determines your chances of getting cancer, the amount of cholesterol in your father's blood, and the color of your daughter's eyes. Over the past three decades, advances in our knowledge of DNA have transformed our understanding of the living world and reached into every corner of biological research. Already the rewards of this new biology have been extraordinary - genetically engineered crops, a deeper understanding of evolutionary theory, and nearly every advance in the struggle against AIDS. But molecular biology, through abilities that draw us ever closer to "playing God" with DNA, also raises awesome ethical and moral questions that didn't exist a half-century ago. The Secret of Life takes both the newly curious and the seasoned biology reader on a guided tour of this ongoing scientific revolution and its impact on our daily lives. Biologist and science writer Joe Levine and geneticist David Suzuki reveal how scientists' ability to crack and manipulate the genetic code - learning which genes do what and how - is transforming medicine, especially the treatment of inherited diseases. They show us how this knowledge is leading to experimental treatments such as gene therapy - molecular surgery with the power to cure and alter the next generation. They introduce us to the brave new world of "designer" plants and transgenic animals like Tracy (a ewe whose genetically altered mammary glands secrete valuable proteins into her milk), and to the controversies over altering these living creatures for human benefit. And they examine the contentious fieldof human behavioral genetics, asking whether it is reasonable to suggest that genes can fine-tune subtle aspects of personality and be linked to complex conditions such as alcoholism and schizophrenia. Through tales of scientific discovery, personal case studies, engaging histories, and careful scrutiny of both the facts and misconceptions behind the headlines, the authors explore the ethical and political challenges presented by the power of this new science. A companion to the acclaimed 8-part PBS television series, their book expands on the issues presented in the series while retaining its accessible style. In an age when science informs the most personal choices in our lives, The Secret of Life prepares readers to act as knowledgeable citizens in debates that demand the widest possible participation.

    • Medical

DNA

The Story of the Genetic Revolution
Author: James D. Watson,Andrew James Berry,Kevin Davies
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0385351186
Category: Medical
Page: 487
View: 8229
Updated edition of: DNA: the secret of life.

    • Science

The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix


Author: James D. Watson,Alexander Gann,Jan Witkowski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476715513
Category: Science
Page: 368
View: 1305
Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the personal relationships between James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin, and the making of a scientific revolution.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Francis Crick

Discoverer of the Genetic Code
Author: Matt Ridley
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062200666
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
View: 9963
Francis Crick—the quiet genius who led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life—will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of all time. In his fascinating biography of the scientific pioneer who uncovered the genetic code—the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things—acclaimed bestselling science writer Matt Ridley traces Crick's life from middle-class mediocrity in the English Midlands through a lackluster education and six years designing magnetic mines for the Royal Navy to his leap into biology at the age of thirty-one and its astonishing consequences. In the process, Ridley sheds a brilliant light on the man who forever changed our world and how we understand it.

    • Science

Molecular Biology of the Gene


Author: James D. Watson,Tania A. Baker,Stephen P. Bell,Alexander Gann,Michael Levine,Richard Losick
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
ISBN: 032189670X
Category: Science
Page: 880
View: 9114
This is the eBook of the printed book and may not include any media, website access codes, or print supplements that may come packaged with the bound book. Now completely up-to-date with the latest research advances, the Seventh Edition of James D. Watson’s classic book, Molecular Biology of the Gene retains the distinctive character of earlier editions that has made it the most widely used book in molecular biology. Twenty-two concise chapters, co-authored by six highly distinguished biologists, provide current, authoritative coverage of an exciting, fast-changing discipline.

    • Health & Fitness

The Secret to Long Life in Your DNA

The Beljanski Approach to Cellular Health
Author: Hervé Janecek
Publisher: Healing Arts Press
ISBN: 9781594772597
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 168
View: 6227
The first English presentation of the Beljanski method of fighting cancer from within the DNA • Details initiatives for dealing with aging and cancer by understanding the immune system at a cellular level • Explains how the DNA reacts to aging and the nutrients it needs to fight disease • Includes information on Beljanski’s plant-based compounds that target unhealthy DNA The Secret to Long Life in Your DNA presents the work of Mirko Beljanski, a biologist-biochemist at the Pasteur Institute in France, whose innovative research on DNA led to the discovery of new treatments for cancer and other degenerative diseases. The Beljanski method fights disease by targeting damaged or destabilized DNA in the body, allowing cells with healthy DNA to thrive. Beljanski, with his wife Monique, went on to develop natural compounds that enhance the body’s resistance not only to degenerative diseases but also to the effects of environmental toxicity and the ravages of aging. Beljanski’s compounds are now being studied at Columbia University, and other centers, where early findings support his theories. In this book, the authors build on Mirko Beljanski’s work to demonstrate how physiological and environmental factors both weaken the body’s immune system and alter DNA functioning. They explain how aging exacerbates these effects, leading to cancer and other diseases. The authors then present the innovative compounds Beljanski developed and how they are able to prevent dysfunctional cells from multiplying. They also detail how to integrate essential nutritional strategies for maximizing health and fighting aging at the cellular level.

    • Medical

Astonishing Hypothesis

The Scientific Search for the Soul
Author: Francis Crick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684801582
Category: Medical
Page: 317
View: 5914
Readers will come to appreciate the strength and dignity of Berneta Ringer, a true Western heroine as Doig celebrates his mother's life after finding a cache of her letters, photographs, and childhood writings. It begins with her first winter living in a tent in Montana's Crazy Mountains to the ravages of the Depression on a ranch on Falkner Creek.

    • Biography & Autobiography

DNA Pioneer

James Watson and the Double Helix
Author: Joyce Baldwin
Publisher: Walker & Company
ISBN: 9780802782977
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 136
View: 2592
Traces the life of the research scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, and discusses his work in cancer research and with the National Center for Human Genome Research

    • Nature

Infinite Tropics

An Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology
Author: Alfred Russel Wallace,Andrew Berry
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859844786
Category: Nature
Page: 430
View: 4766
Culled from his books, articles and letters, this collection comprises Wallace s best and most important writing.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Avoid Boring People

Lessons from a Life in Science
Author: James D. Watson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307481794
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 579
From Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson, a living legend for his work unlocking the structure of DNA, comes this candid and entertaining memoir, filled with practical advice for those starting out their academic careers. In Avoid Boring People, Watson lays down a life’s wisdom for getting ahead in a competitive world. Witty and uncompromisingly honest, he shares his thoughts on how young scientists should choose the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution. It’s an irreverent romp through Watson’s colorful career and an indispensable guide to anyone interested in nurturing the life of the mind. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • Science

DNA Nanoscience

From Prebiotic Origins to Emerging Nanotechnology
Author: Kenneth Douglas
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1315351404
Category: Science
Page: 456
View: 5469
DNA Nanoscience: From Prebiotic Origins to Emerging Nanotechnology melds two tales of DNA. One is a look at the first 35 years of DNA nanotechnology to better appreciate what lies ahead in this emerging field. The other story looks back 4 billion years to the possible origins of DNA which are shrouded in mystery. The book is divided into three parts comprised of 15 chapters and two Brief Interludes. Part I includes subjects underpinning the book such as a primer on DNA, the broader discipline of nanoscience, and experimental tools used by the principals in the narrative. Part II examines the field of structural DNA nanotechnology, founded by biochemist/crystallographer Nadrian Seeman, that uses DNA as a construction material for nanoscale structures and devices, rather than as a genetic material. Part III looks at the work of physicists Noel Clark and Tommaso Bellini who found that short DNA (nanoDNA) forms liquid crystals that act as a structural gatekeeper, orchestrating a series of self-assembly processes using nanoDNA. This led to an explanation of the polymeric structure of DNA and of how life may have emerged from the prebiotic clutter.

    • Law

Genetic Justice

DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties
Author: Sheldon Krimsky,Tania Simoncelli
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231145217
Category: Law
Page: 406
View: 5453
Explores how different countries balance the use of DNA databanks in criminal justice with the rights of their citizens, including arguments about the dangers of collecting DNA from arrested individuals and the myth behind DNA profiling.

    • Fiction

The Warrior


Author: Sharon Sala
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460308476
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 4754
John Nightwalker is a strong, rugged Native American soldier who has seen many battles. While hunting down an old enemy, he crosses paths with Alicia Ponte. On the run from her father--a powerful arms manufacturer--Alicia seeks to expose her father's traitorous crimes of selling weapons to our enemies in Iraq. But Richard Ponte will do anything to stay below the radar...even if it means killing his own daughter. Drawn to the mystery that surrounds Alicia, John feels compelled to protect her. Together they travel through the beautiful yet brutal Arizona desert to uncover deadly truths and bring her father to justice. But their journey is about to take an unexpected turn...one that goes deep into the past.

    • Science

Adam's Navel

A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form
Author: Michael Sims
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440677953
Category: Science
Page: 352
View: 5400
In this amusing and brilliantly conceived book, Michael Sims introduces you to your body. Moving from head to toe, Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative in which he analyzes the visible parts of the body. In this fascinating brew of science and storytelling, readers encounter not only accessible explanations of the mechanics of their anatomy, but also the layers of mythology, religious lore, history, Darwinian theory, and popular culture that have helped to shape our understanding of any given body part. A titillating and unique book, Adam’s Navel is learned and entertaining, a marvelous lens through which to study the form we all inhabit—but may not really understand.

    • Drama

Photograph 51


Author: Anna Ziegler
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1783199369
Category: Drama
Page: 80
View: 9044
‘The instant I saw the photograph my mouth fell open and my pulse began to race’ Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to discover the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists everywhere looking for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Anna Ziegler’s extraordinary play looks at the woman who helped unlock DNA’s double helix and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.