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About Life

Concepts in Modern Biology

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 1-6
  3. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 8-15
  4. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 17-27
  5. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 29-38
  6. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 39-48
  7. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 49-55
  8. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 57-65
  9. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 67-77
  10. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 79-89
  11. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 91-103
  12. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 105-115
  13. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 117-129
  14. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 131-145
  15. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 147-162
  16. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 163-178
  17. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 179-183
  18. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 195-208
  19. Paul S. Agutter, Denys N. Wheatley
    Pages 209-221
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 223-244

About this book

Introduction

This book uses modern biological knowledge to tackle the question: "What distinguishes living organisms from the non-living world?" In the first few chapters, the authors draw on recent advances in cell and molecular biology to develop an account of the "living state" that applies to all organisms, but only to organisms. Subsequent chapters use this account to explore questions about evolution, the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Towards the end of the book the authors consider human evolution, intelligence and the extent to which our species can be regarded as biologically unique. About Life is written as far as possible in non-technical language; all scientific terms are explained straightforwardly when they are introduced. It is aimed at the general, non-specialist reader, but the novel approach that it takes to general issues in biology will also interest students of the life sciences.

Keywords

DNA Homeostasis biology ecosystems environment evolution extraterrestrial life gene expression genes life sciences molecular biology natural selection origin of life prokaryotes the origin

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Theoretical and Cell Biology Consultancy, GlossopDerbyshireU.K.
  2. 2.BioMedES, Inverurie, AberdeenshireU.K.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Biotechnology
Health & Hospitals
Pharma

Reviews

From the reviews:

I have read some of the chapters and I am most impressed. It is well written, scholarly and deals with the subject in "4-D" i.e. not as we know it now but as knowledge developed in time. For me, who has lived through the development of the subject since the late 1960s and reviewed the literature as far back as Hippocrates, it was like reading a novel that I could not put down.

Prof. A Nicolaides MS FRCS

"This delightfully written book addresses major questions and some of the biggest ideas in biology today. … The book is moderately well-illustrated with photomicrographs and line drawings … . The book includes numerous insightful analogies and covers somewhat offbeat topics that an instructor could easily adapt to enliven classroom presentations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above." (P. E. Hertz, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)