Life in the Frozen State

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Cryobiology is the study of living things at low temperatures. Refrigeration or freezing prevents the decay of living things, but science has recently begun to explore whether cold not only prevents decay, but also preserves life. An interdisciplinary subject that combines fundamental research on organisms adapted to natural freezing stresses and emerging areas of applied biotechnology and biology, cryobiology is starting to play an increasingly important role in medicine, agriculture, horticulture and forestry, as well as the conservation of endangered or economically important plant, animal and microbial species. Life in the Frozen State is a comprehensive review of the effects of freezing on living organisms. It evaluates how this knowledge can be applied to benefit humanity through advances in healthcare and conservation. A major feature of the book is the combining of fundamental theory and practice across a wide range of species and applications. This provides a unique opportunity to explore the subject in a multidisciplinary context. Historically, some of the most exciting advances in low temperature research have come from cross-discipline interaction, and this book provides a timely stimulus for further advances in cryobiology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415247009
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Principles of Cryobiology, Peter Mazur
The Water to Ice Transition - Implications for Living Cells, Ken Muldrew, Jason Acker, Gloria Elliott, and Locksley McGann

Life in the Polar Terrestrial Environment with a Focus on Algae and Cyanobacteria, Josef Elster and Erica Benson
Microbial Life in Permafrost: Extended Time in Extreme Conditions, Monica Ponder, Tatiana Vishnivetskaya, John McGrath, and James Tiedje
Adaptation of Higher Plants to Freezing, Roger Pearce
Oxidative Stress in the Frozen Plant: A Free Radical Point of View, Erica Benson and David Bremmer
Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology of Vertebrate Freeze Tolerance: The Wood Frog, Kenneth B. Storey and Janet M. Storey

Preservation of Fungi and Yeasts, C. Shuhui Tan and Cor van Ingen
Cryo-conserving Algal and Plant Diversity: Historical Perspectives and Future Challenges, Erica Benson
Plant Cryopreservation, Akira Sakai
The Early History of Gamete Cryobiology, Stanley P. Leibo
Cryobiology of Gametes and the Breeding of Domestic Animals, Alban Massip, Stanley P. Leibo, and Elizabeth Blesbois
Cryopreservation as a Supporting Measure in Species Conservation: "Not the Frozen Zoo", Amanda R. Pickford and William V. Holt
Cryopreservation of Gametes and Embryos of Aquatic Species, Tiantian Zhang
Fundamental Issues for Cell-line Banks in Biotechnology and Regulatory Affairs, Glyn Stacey

Mechanisms of Injury Caused by in vivo Freezing, Nathan E. Hoffman and John C. Bischof
Cryopreservation in Transfusion Medicine and Haematology, Andreas Sputtek and Rebekka Sputtek
Cryopreservation of Human Gametes and Embryos, Barry Fuller, Sharon Paynter, and Paul Watson
The Scientific Basis for Tissue Banking, Monica Wusteman and Charles J. Hunt
Engineering Desiccation Tolerance in Mammalian Cells: Tools and Techniques, Jason P. Acker, Tani Chen, Alex Fowler, and Mehmet Toner
Stabilization of Cells During Freeze-Drying: The Trehalose Myth, John H. Crowe, Lois M. Crowe, Fern Tablin, William Wolkers, Ann E. Oliver, and Nelly M. Tsvetkova
Vitrification in Tissue Preservation: New Developments, Mike J. Taylor, Yin C. Song, and Kelvin G.M. Brockband

The Future of Cryobiology, Nick Lane, Barry Fuller, and Erica Benson

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