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Unraveling DNA

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With elegant simplicity, Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii elucidates the essential history and inner workings of DNA—a tiny molecule that holds within it the deepest mysteries of life. As Frank-Kamenetskii explains, DNA will undoubtedly shape our future, too, as we call upon it to convict criminals, clone creatures, and ultimately, cure cancer. This definitive guide to DNA, a previous version of which sold over 300,000 copies in the author’s native Russia, promises to both inform and inspire.

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Overview


With elegant simplicity, Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii elucidates the essential history and inner workings of DNA—a tiny molecule that holds within it the deepest mysteries of life. As Frank-Kamenetskii explains, DNA will undoubtedly shape our future, too, as we call upon it to convict criminals, clone creatures, and ultimately, cure cancer. This definitive guide to DNA, a previous version of which sold over 300,000 copies in the author’s native Russia, promises to both inform and inspire.

"...investigates how DNA will shape the future of the human race and how it will affect approaches to medicine...the revised edition provides an introduction to DNA basics and its controversies."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201155846
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 1,213,997
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii is a professor at Boston University’s Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Best known for his contribution in the field of DNA topology, supercoiling, and unusual structures, Frank-Kamenetskii was a founding member of “Moscow Tribune,” the Russian intellectual club organized by Andrei Sakharov.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 From Modern Physics to Modern Biology 1
Ch. 2 From DNA to Protein 17
Ch. 3 Meet the Most Important Molecule 27
Ch. 4 Under the Sign of DNA 45
Ch. 5 We Can Reshuffle the Genes! 55
Ch. 6 DNA Texts 63
Ch. 7 Where Do Genes Come From? 75
Ch. 8 Circular DNA 89
Ch. 9 Knotted DNA 113
Ch. 10 Genetic Engineering: Hazards and Hopes 127
Ch. 11 The Controversy Around the Double Helix 139
Ch. 12 Frontier Prospecting 159
Guide to Further Reading 187
Glossary 189
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