The Resource Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code, Matthew Cobb

Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code, Matthew Cobb

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Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code
Title
Life's greatest secret
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the race to crack the genetic code
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Matthew Cobb
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us
  • "Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life's secrets. Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world, and for how we might take control of our (and life's) future. Life's Greatest Secret mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends, and ingenious experiments with the swift pace of a thriller. From New York to Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Cambridge, England, and London to Moscow, the greatest discovery of twentieth-century biology was truly a global feat. Biologist and historian of science Matthew Cobb gives the full and rich account of the cooperation and competition between the eccentric characters--mathematicians, physicists, information theorists, and biologists--who contributed to this revolutionary new science. And, while every new discovery was a leap forward for science, Cobb shows how every new answer inevitably led to new questions that were at least as difficult to answer: just ask anyone who had hoped that the successful completion of the Human Genome Project was going to truly yield the book of life, or that a better understanding of epigenetics or "junk DNA" was going to be the final piece of the puzzle. But the setbacks and unexpected discoveries are what make the science exciting, and it is Matthew Cobb's telling that makes them worth reading. This is a riveting story of humans exploring what it is that makes us human and how the world works, and it is essential reading for anyone who'd like to explore those questions for themselves." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
JAI
Dewey number
572.8/633
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QH447
LC item number
.C63 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2015 H-246
  • QU 11.1
  • QU 11.1
NLM item number
C653L 2015
Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code, Matthew Cobb
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Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code, Matthew Cobb
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"First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Profile Books Ltd"--Title-page verso
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [323]-404) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Genes before DNA -- Information is everywhere -- The transformation of genes -- A slow revolution -- The age of control -- The double helix -- Genetic information -- The central dogma -- Enzyme cybernetics -- Enter the outsiders -- The race -- Update -- Surprises and sequences -- The central dogma revisited -- Brave new world -- Origins and meanings
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ocn911940015
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25 cm
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Extent
xiv, 434 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465062676
Lccn
2015937254
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
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(OCoLC)911940015

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