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Thunder-Lizards: The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs (Life of the Past)

The large, quadrupedal herbivores known as sauropods were widespread around the planet from the Jurassic to the end of the Cretaceous. With the longest necks and tails of all of the dinosaurs, some sauropods were 40 meters in length and weighed upwards of 100,000 kilograms, more than 20 tons. The popular image of these lumbering giants, placidly consuming ferns has been greatly revised in recent years. New discoveries and new theorie...

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Matrix Metalloproteases: Methods and Protocols

Since the identification of the first matrix metalloprotease (insterstitial collagenase or MMP-1) more than 20 closely related and evolutionarily conserved vertebrate MMPs have been discovered. Chapters in this volume detail methods and protocols on recent advances in the expression and purification of MMPs, biophysical methods such as X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and small angle X-ray scattering, computational and experim...

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Biology for a Changing World

This book captivates students with real-world stories exploring the science concepts in context. Written by a team of two full-time college biology instructors and two science writers, with extensive input from non-majors instructors across the country, this book was developed to meet the different learning styles of the 21st century student.

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Ethylene Signaling: Methods and Protocols

This volume provides a collection of protocols aimed toward the study of ethylene signaling in plants.Ethylene Signaling: Methods and Protocolsis divided into three sections: ethylene biosynthesis, the signal transduction pathway, and the diverse ethylene responses of dicots and monocots. The chapters in section one discuss techniques for the measurement of activities related to the biosynthetic enzymes ACC synthase and ACC oxidase, ...

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Spektrum Kompakt: Das Genom des Menschen

ede unserer Zellen trägt eine umfangreiche Bauanleitung für das Gesamtkonstrukt »Mensch« mit sich herum. Doch obwohl wir die Buchstaben kennen, sind wir noch lange nicht in der Lage, sie komplett zu lesen. Zudem enthält sie viele, viele Seiten, die lange als leer erachtet wurden – erst langsam kristallisiert sich heraus, dass sie alles andere als inhalts- und bedeutungslos sind. Dazu kommt, dass auch nach Anwenden der Bauvorschriften...

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Data Mining Techniques for the Life Sciences

Most life science researchers will agree that biology is not a truly theoretical branch of science. The hype around computational biology and bioinformatics beginning in the nineties of the 20th century was to be short lived (1, 2). When almost no value of practical importance such as the optimal dose of a drug or the three-dimensional structure of an orphan protein can be computed from fundamental principles, it is still more straig...

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In the Company of Microbes: Ten Years of Small Things Considered

A look at the amazing, groovy world of microbes With more than 1,000 posts and 2 million views, the esteemed blog Small Things Considered has been sparking the imagination of microbiologists for an entire decade. Throughout the years, Elio Schaechter and his team of dedicated bloggers have shared exciting, unexpected, and unusual stories from the microbial world. In the Company of Microbes is a carefully selected treasure chest of wi...

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Introduction to Biological Networks

The new research area of genomics-inspired network biology lacks an introductory book that enables both physical/computational scientists and biologists to obtain a general yet sufficiently rigorous perspective of current thinking. Filling this gap, Introduction to Biological Networks provides a thorough introduction to genomics-inspired network biology for physical scientists and biologists involved in interdisciplinary research. Th...

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The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25% of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a very short amount of time in evolution, allowing us to leave our cousins, the great apes, behind. So the human brain is special, right? Wrong, according to Suzana Herculano-Houzel. Humans have developed cognitive abilities tha...