How We Live & Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

How We Live & Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

by Lewis Wolpert

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How We Live & Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells by Lewis Wolpert

Acclaimed biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component: the cell.
Everything about our existence-movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth, and ultimately death-is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life grows from a single cell into a body, an incredibly complex society of billions of cells. Wolpert goes on to examine the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood—stem-cell research, cloning, DNA, cancer—and explains how all life on earth evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393339383
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/24/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,264,040
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lewis Wolpert is Professor Emeritus of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London. His books include Six Impossible Things before Breakfast, How We Live and Why We Die, and Malignant Sadness, the basis for a BBC television series.

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