Evolutionary pathways in nature: A phylogenetic approach
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Evolutionary pathways in nature: A phylogenetic approach

Reconstructing phylogenetic trees from DNA sequences has become a popular exercise in many branches of biology, and here the well-known geneticist John Avise explains why. Molecular phylogenies provide a genealogical backdrop for interpreting the evolutionary histories of many other types of biological traits (anatomical, behavioral, ecological, physiological, biochemical and even geographical). Guiding readers on a natural history t...

Invasive Species: Threats, Ecological Impact and Control Methods
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Invasive Species: Threats, Ecological Impact and Control Methods

Many species of plants, microbes, and animals have been introduced around the world. Species are considered "invasive" or "alien" when they are not native to an area, but become established and cause, or are likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. In this book, the authors present current research in the study of the threats, ecological impacts and control methods relating to invasive species. Topics ...

The Brain's Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics
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The Brain's Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics

"The Brain’s Body brings clarity and sociological finesse to current debates about the role of neuroscientific data in public and intellectual life. With remarkable fluency, this book places the embodied specifics of race, class, disability, gender, and sexuality at the center of our responses to the brain sciences. This will be an indispensable and widely read guide for how to work with neurological data in the social sciences."

G-Quadruplex Nucleic Acids: Methods and Protocols
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G-Quadruplex Nucleic Acids: Methods and Protocols

This volume covers the structures, properties, and functions of G-quadruplexes in a wide range of biological disciplines, including therapeutic intervention and biomaterial application. The chapters in this book explore a wide range of vital and new experimental techniques used in the study of G-quadruplexes. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respectiv...

The Astrobiological Landscape: Philosophical Foundations of the Study of Cosmic Life
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The Astrobiological Landscape

Tackling many foundational debates in astrobiology, this volume links seemingly disjointed results in astrobiology, cosmology and fundamental physics, stressing the importance of a unified approach across disciplines. This systematic survey of the philosophy behind the science is an ideal introduction to the debate for specialists and advanced students.

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...