The Cell: Evolution of the First Organism – Joseph Panno – 1st Edition


Understanding the cell is the key to grasping the significant potential and technological developments of the new biology. therapy, animal cloning, and stem cell therapy are possible now only because of the great advances in our knowledge of cell biology, which modern has allowed to make.

As researchers are able to understand more about individual cells, and theories arise about such elements as DNA, enzymes, and chromosomes. From the origins of the first cell to the diseases that attack different types of cells, this comprehensive volume tells the full story of this organism. Presented from the point of view of the cell’s motivations, The Cell presents the origins and mechanisms of this element of life and the development of scientific knowledge surrounding it.

This approach is especially helpful to those students who have no background in cell biology. It covers speculation on the development of the first cell and the development of single cells into the cells that eventually created animal bodies. For students and general readers, the book explains how the study of the cell cycle has led to the possibility of stem cell and cloning research.

Biographies of and researchers involved in cell research, along with a bibliography, glossary, and index are also included.

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Table of Contents

1 The Origin of Life
The Big Bang
The Importance of Violent Storms
Essential Molecules Formed Spontaneously
Life Began in an RNA World
Once upon a Wave
The Classification of Cells
2 Procaryotes: Laying the Foundations
A Simple but Versatile Cell
The Quest For Power
The Importance of Good Housekeeping
A Lost World
A New Genetic Order
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3 Eucaryotes: Dawn of a New Era
Overview of Eucaryote Structure and Function
The Nucleus
Protein Synthesis
Designing a Molecular Forest
The Birth of Communication
Symbiosis and the Quest for Power
Recycling and Defense
4 The Cell Cycle
DNA Replication
Binary Fission
5 Genes
The Human Genome Project
The Future of Genomic Research
Turning Genes On and Off
Gene Monitors and Repair Crews
Jumping Genes
6 From Cells to Bodies
The Road to Multicellular Creatures
Cell Junctions
Cells in the Human Body
Cells of the Immune System
7 Neurons: Pushing Back the Night
Neural Anatomy
Signal Transduction
The Synaptic Junction
Neural Circuits
8 Resource Center
Light Microscopy
Histology and Histochemistry
Recombinant DNA Technology

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