Machinery of Life / Edition 2

Machinery of Life / Edition 2

by David S. Goodsell
     
 

The Machinery of Life is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. Readers are introduced to the types of molecules built by cells, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and polysaccharides; then, in a series of full-color "watercolor" illustrations, which show a portion of a living cell magnified by 1,000,000 times, the reader is guided

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The Machinery of Life is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. Readers are introduced to the types of molecules built by cells, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and polysaccharides; then, in a series of full-color "watercolor" illustrations, which show a portion of a living cell magnified by 1,000,000 times, the reader is guided through the interior world of cells. The book explores the ways in which molecules work in concert to perform the processes of living, and how vitamins, viruses, poisons, and drugs each have their effects on the molecules in our bodies. The book is a fascinating introduction to biochemistry for the non-specialist, and combines a lucid text with an abundance of drawings and computer graphics that present the world of cells and their components in a truly unique way.

This new edition has been updated to include the many major advances of the past decade, and is richly illustrated in full color throughout.

About the Author/Illustrator:

Dr. David S. Goodsell is Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA. His illustrations have become well known and now appear in many publications as the primary demonstration of the crowded nature of cells. He has also provided expertise and illustrations to many science museums, most recently acting as a "thinking partner” for a new multi-site nanotechnology initiative headed in part by the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387849249
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
2nd ed. 2009
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
554,774
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Part I: Molecules and Life: Molecular Machines.- The Processes of Living.- Part II: Molecules into Cells: Escherichia coli: One of the Simplest Cells.- Baker’s Yeast: The Advantages of Compartmentation.- Human Beings: The Advantages of Specialization.- Plants: Gathering Energy from the Sun.- Part III: Cells in Health and Disease: Life and Death.- Vitamins.- Viruses: Biological Hijackers.- Poisons and Drugs.

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