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The New Biology is a 10-volume set that has evolved to accommodate new material and new areas of research, in keeping with the expansion of the biological disciplines and the development and application of research technologies in and out of the scientific laboratory. Since its publication several years ago, the set now includes four new volumes that focus on issues that cover the spectrum of human health, maintenance, and stability.

Cancer, Revised Edition summarizes common types of cancers and continues with an overview of the way cancer cells work and how researchers have acquired a better understanding of the nature of these cells. The author reviews the successes and failures of treatments using high doses of chemotherapy or radium therapy, the plight of cancer survivors, and the recent advances in the use of gene therapy, stem cells, and bone marrow transplants.

The volume includes information on

cancer genes

cancer progression


clinical trials

common types of cancer

international impact of cancer

normal versus cancer cells

therapies and treatments

The book contains more than 50 color photographs and line illustrations, a Resource Center of supporting materials in cell biology, gene therapy, and biotechnology, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. The New Biology set is essential for middle and high school students, teachers, and general readers who wish to understand the latest information on this controversial area of scientific research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816068487
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: The New Biology Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xiv

1 Normal Cells l

The Origin of Life 1

The Struggle for Survival 4

Cell Communication 10

The Rise of Multicellular Organisms 15

2 Cancer Cells 19

Cancer Cells Are Immortal 20

A Damaged Genome 23

A Failure to Communicate 26

Cell Division without Controls 27

One Mutation Is Not Enough 29

3 Cancer Genes 32

Oncogenes and Proto-oncogenes 33

Tumor Suppressor Genes 34

A Dangerous Mix 35

Cancer Genomes 38

4 Cancer Progression 41

Cancers Develop from a Single Bad Cell 41

The Switch from Benign to Malignant Tumors 42

The Role of Sex Hormones 44

Aging and the Incidence of Cancer 46

5 Carcinogens 47

Aflatoxins 49

Arsenic Compounds 51

Asbestos 52

Benzene 53

Metals 54

Industrial Emissions 56

Radiation 57

Tobacco Smoke 59

6 Common Types of Cancer 63

Cancer Terminology 65

Bladder Cancer 68

Brain Tumors 69

Breast Cancer 74

Colon Cancer 76

Leukemia 77

Lung Cancer 79

Ovarian Cancer 82

Pancreatic Cancer 83

Prostate Cancer 85

Skin Cancer 87

7 Cancer around the World 91

The Magnitude of the Problem 92

Developed Countries Have the Highest Cancer Rates 98

Cancer and the North American Diet 100

Cancer and Lifestyle 105

Cancer and the Environment 106

Summary 107

8 Cancer Therapies 108

Biotherapy 109

Bone Marrow Transplants 113

Chemotherapy 116

Gene Therapy 122

Radiotherapy 123

Stem Cell Therapy 124

Surgery 125

9 Clinical Trials 128

Bladder Cancer 128

Brain Cancer 129

Breast Cancer 131

Colon Cancer 133

Leukemia 134

Lung Cancer 136

Pancreatic Cancer 138

Prostate Cancer 139

Skin Cancer 140

Concluding Remarks 141

10 Resource Center 143

Cell Biology 143

Biotechnology 166

Gene Therapy 174

Matching Tissues 179

The Human Genome Project 182

Understanding Clinical Trials 186

Gene and Protein Nomenclature 189

Weights and Measures 190

Glossary 191

Further Resources 220

Index 230

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