Genes, Development and Cancer: The Life and Work of Edward B. Lewis / Edition 1

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Edward B. Lewis' science is the bridge linking experimental genetics as conducted in the first half of the 20th century, and the powerful molecular genetic approaches that revolutionized the field in its last quarter. His Nobel Prize winning studies founded the field of developmental genetics and laid the groundwork for our current understanding of the universal, evolutionarily conserved strategies controlling animal development. A lesser-known aspect of Lewis' canon is the pioneering studies he carried out on ionizing radiation and human cancer. In doing so, he was propelled into a public storm over nuclear weapons testing policy. For the first time Lewis' key publications in the fields of genetics, developmental biology, radiation and cancer are compiled within one volume. Howard Lipshitz, a close colleague of Lewis for 20 years, provides invaluable commentaries on the papers placing them in their scientific and historical context and, throughout, giving insight into Lewis' approach to science and the motivations that drove Lewis' choice of subject matter. This book will be invaluable to a wide audience of professionals in the life and biomedical sciences; including geneticists, developmental biologists, molecular biologists, radiation biologists and cancer researchers. It provides source material for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in genetics, developmental biology, radiation and cancer. In addition, historians of science will find it to be a valuable resource both because it contains original research publications and because of the illuminating commentary.

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“A great book that is of interest to many geneticists, developmental biologists, and historians of science.” (Prof. Matthew P. Scott - Stanford University)

“A wonderful compendium of Lewis' papers. Lipshitz has done an outstanding job of summarizing – and in many cases clarifying – Lewis' writings.” (Prof. James F. Crow, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

“A very valuable reference for those studying developmental biology, radiation and cancer.” (Dr. Susan Celniker, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California)

“An excellent resource for understanding the emergence of developmental genetics.” (Prof. Siegfried Roth, University of Köln, Germany)

“Since the best way to become a good scientist is to understand how scientific ideas have been born and have developed, this book should be read by all graduate students in the areas of genetics, development and evolution.” (Prof. Markus Noll, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402075919
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 557

Table of Contents

Background -Invention of the cis-trans test for position effects -Position pseudoalleles -The bithorax pseudoalleles and the concept of developmental control -Gene evolution by tandem duplication -From cisvection to transvection- Extending the bithorax pseudoallelic series -Genetic versus functional models -From genes to gene complexes -Developmental genetics -Gain-of-function and loss-of-function alleles, and the operon model -Genetic mosaics: spatial and temporal aspects of bithorax function -The 1978 paper: a paradigm for the genetic control of development -Trans-acting regulators: positive and negative control of the homeotic complexes -Cis-regulation within the BX-C: the rules of engagement -Positional cloning of the BX-C -Completing the bithorax mutant series -The molecular basis of developmental control -Bithorax and the evolution of sexually dimorphic traits -DNA sequence motifs in the cis-regulatory regions of the BX-C -Evolution of the HOX complexes -Genetic and somatic effects of ionizing radiation -The political and social context -Leukemia and ionizing radiation -Political fallout -Thyroid radiation doses from weapons fallout -Best estimates of risk: leukemia in populations exposed to low doses of radiation -Estimates of lung cancer risk: the Batelle beagles

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