Suicide Gene Therapy: Methods and Reviews
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Suicide Gene Therapy: Methods and Reviews

Suicide gene therapy has become a major element in anticancer gene therapy and holds great promise for the future. In Suicide Gene Therapy: Methods and Reviews, prominent researchers and clinicians comprehensively detail the theory and practice of this exciting and elegant therapeutic approach. In their multidisciplinary treatment, the authors cover all the major aspects of suicide gene therapy, including the design and use of vector...

Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine-Tuning
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Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine-Tuning

This highly interdisciplinary 2007 book looks at the delicate balance between chemistry and the ambient conditions in the universe that permit complex chemical networks and structures to exist. It will appeal to a broad range of academics interested in the origin and existence of life in our universe.

Cloning: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)
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Cloning: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

Would you drink milk from a cloned cow? Should we clone extinct or endangered species? Are we justified in using stem cells to develop cures? When will we clone the first human? Ever since Dolly the sheep, such questions have rarely been far from the public consciousness. Aaron Levine explains the science of cloning and guides readers around the thorny political and ethical issues that have developed.

Cellular Biophysics and Modeling: A Primer on the Computational Biology of Excitable Cells
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Cellular Biophysics and Modeling

What every neuroscientist should know about the mathematical modeling of excitable cells. Combining empirical physiology and nonlinear dynamics, this text provides an introduction to the simulation and modeling of dynamic phenomena in cell biology and neuroscience. It introduces mathematical modeling techniques alongside cellular electrophysiology. Topics include membrane transport and diffusion, the biophysics of excitable membranes...

Neanderthals and modern humans
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Neanderthals and modern humans

The Neanderthals were a people native to Europe during the Pleistocene period, who became extinct between forty and thirty thousand years ago. Challenging the commonly held view that extinction was caused by the arrival of our ancestors, Clive Finlayson provides evidence that their extinction actually occurred because the Neanderthals could not adapt fast enough to changing ecological and environmental conditions, not their relations...

Bird song: Biological themes and variations
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Bird song: Biological themes and variations

Written in straightforward language, and highly illustrated throughout, the authors explain the beauty and complexity of bird song. Extensively updated from the first edition, this second edition of Bird Song is primarily written for students and researchers, but also holds appeal for amateur ornithologists with some knowledge of biology.

Life in Antarctic Deserts and other Cold Dry Environments: Astrobiological Analogs
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Life in Antarctic Deserts and other Cold Dry Environments: Astrobiological Analogs

The McMurdo Dry Valleys form the largest relatively ice-free area on the Antarctic continent. The perennially ice-covered lakes, ephemeral streams and extensive areas of exposed soil are subject to low temperatures, limited precipitation and salt accumulation. The dry valleys thus represent a region where life approaches its environmental limits. This unique ecosystem has been studied for several decades as an analog to environments ...

Protein Folding and Drug Design
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Protein Folding and Drug Design

One of the great unsolved problems of science and also physics is the prediction of the three dimensional structure of a protein from its amino acid sequence: the folding problem. It may be stated that the deep connection existing between physics and protein folding is not so much, or in any case not only, through physical methods (experimental: X rays, NMR, etc, or theoretical: statistical mechanics, spin glasses, etc), but through ...

Antigen Processing and Presentation Protocols
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Antigen Processing and Presentation Protocols

The processing and presentation of antigens by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules is a crucial immunological phenomenon in infectious disease, malignancy, autoimmune disease, and transplantation. In Antigen Processing and Presentation Protocols, well-recognized and innovative experimentalists detail their cutting-edge methods for studying this complex process. Drawing on expertise from biochemistry, cell biology, and im...

Nerve and Muscle (3rd edition)
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Nerve and Muscle (3rd edition)

An understanding of the physiology and function of nerve and muscle is fundamental to our knowledge of how the human body and the bodies of other animals function. In the third edition of this highly readable and concise introductory textbook, the authors begin with a discussion of the nature of nerve impulses as electrical events. They go on to consider communication between nerve cells via synaptic transmission, and finally discuss...