How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells
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Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages : 256
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ISBN-13 : 9780393292725
ISBN-10 : 039329272X
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Book Synopsis How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells by : Lewis Wolpert

Download or read book How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells written by Lewis Wolpert and published by W. W. Norton & Company. This book was released on 2011-01-24 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Acclaimed biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component: the cell. Everything about our existence-movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth, and ultimately death-is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life grows from a single cell into a body, an incredibly complex society of billions of cells. Wolpert goes on to examine the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood—stem-cell research, cloning, DNA, cancer—and explains how all life on earth evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself.


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