Egg & Ego: An Almost True Story of Life in the Biology Lab / Edition 1

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Egg and Ego is a lighthearted look at the nature of academic science. It is intended for anyone interested in biology but particularly for b iology students who want to find out what is in store for them in the future. It starts with an account of one particular experiment, which is later opened out to introduce the excitement arising from recent pr ogress in associated areas of biology. It then describes the everyday aspects of scientific work, ignored by philosophers of science. These range from cleaning up radioactive contamination, to how to fill in bi ohazard forms, to how newly appointed professors bargain for money.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387985602
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/30/1998
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Experiment.- What we did in the slaughterhouse, and afterwards.- 2. The Greasy Pole.- How I got up it myself.- 3. The Growth Factors.- The most expensive substances in the world. Postscript: Molecular Biology, BC and AC.- 4. On the Catwalk: Publication and Presentation.- What scientists and actors have in common.- 5. The Frog and Its Spawn.- From pregnancy test to the cover ofCell..- 6. Who’s Who in the Lab.- From the candidate to the chairman, who they are, what they do, and why.- 7. Laboratory Life and Death.- Radiation, genetic engineering, animals, computers, technology transfer.- 8. The Ground Plan of Evolution.- Why all animals are really the same.- 9. Paying for It All.- Where satisfaction means unending exponential growth.- 10. The Case of the Headless Frog.- Science and the media.- Epilogue.

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