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Environmental Degradation and Life
by , Salvatore de Salvo

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English

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Publication Date

March 26, 2017

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*************<br />In this description of the degradation of life conditions on Earth, Ana Lucia Mercê brings to the reader's attention many relegated but nonetheless important everyday processes and products that may have relation to the spreading of many so-called "genetic" diseases.<br /> <br />Subjects covered begin with the historical aspects of the "race" to map the DNA, followed by Genetics, Genotoxic agents and Environmental accidents that may be influencing our Epigenetic and closing with a description of the role of the water.<br /> <br />Keeping true with the objective of making the text more accessible for a wide spectrum of readers, with or without a scientific background or prior knowledge, special attention has been given to present the Quantum Science, Chemistry related concepts included, as interactive and as friendly to the reader as possible. By more easily understanding these concepts, it is hoped that the reader will be able to make better life decisions where these concepts can play a significant role.<br /> <br />*********
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Primary Care
by Academic Press

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

March 31, 2017

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<p><i>Genomic and Precision Medicine: Primary Care, Third Edition</i> is an invaluable resource on the state-of-the-art tools, technologies and policy issues that are required to fully realize personalized health care in the area of primary care.</p> <p>One of the major areas where genomic and personalized medicine is most active is the realm of the primary care practitioner. Risk, family history, personal genomics and pharmacogenomics are becoming increasingly important to the PCP and their patients, and this book discusses the implications as they relate to primary care practitioners. </p><ul><li>Presents a comprehensive volume for primary care providers </li><li>Provides succinct commentary and key learning points that will assist providers with their local needs for the implementation of genomic and personalized medicine </li><li>Includes a current overview on major opportunities for genomic and personalized medicine in practice</li><li>Highlights case studies that illustrate the practical use of genomics in the management in patients</li></ul>
Lewin's GENES XII
by , Stephen T. Kilpatrick

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English

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838

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March 02, 2017

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Now in its twelfth edition, Lewin's GENES continues to lead with new information and cutting-edge developments, covering gene structure, sequencing, organization, and expression. Leading scientists provide revisions and updates in their individual field of study offering readers current data and information on the rapidly changing subjects in molecular biology.
Introduction to Coevolutionary Theory
by Scott Nuismer

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English

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320

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January 09, 2017

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Introduction to Coevolutionary Theory shows students the importance of coevolution as a necessary focus of Genetics. The mathematical models and biological scenarios constructed by Nuismer demonstrate potential outcomes, showing students the principles of both population and quantitative genetics. These models engage readers and teach them to think more critically about variable outcomes that can arise from coevolution.
How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a S...
by , Lyudmila Trut

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English

Pages

240

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March 23, 2017

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<div>Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken—imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time in order to witness the process of domestication. This is the extraordinary, untold story of this remarkable undertaking.<br /><br /><br /><br />Most accounts of the natural evolution of wolves place it over a span of about 15,000 years, but within a decade, Belyaev and Trut’s fox breeding experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes with floppy ears, piebald spots, and curly tails. Along with these physical changes came genetic and behavioral changes, as well. The foxes were bred using selection criteria for tameness, and with each generation, they became increasingly interested in human companionship. Trut has been there the whole time, and has been the lead scientist on this work since Belyaev’s death in 1985, and with Lee Dugatkin, biologist and science writer, she tells the story of the adventure, science, politics, and love behind it all.  In <i>How to Tame a Fox</i>, Dugatkin and Trut take us inside this path-breaking experiment in the midst of the brutal winters of Siberia to reveal how scientific history is made and continues to be made today.<br /><br /><br /><br />To date, fifty-six generations of foxes have been domesticated, and we continue to learn significant lessons from them about the genetic and behavioral evolution of domesticated animals. <i>How to Tame a Fox</i> offers an incredible tale of scientists at work, while also celebrating the deep attachments that have brought humans and animals together throughout time.</div>
Der von Heidegger prophezeite Untergang als Irrweg des Denkens: E...
by Bernd Ehlert

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German

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Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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Die moderne Naturwissenschaft hat trotz ihrer überwältigenden Erfolge ein großes, offenbar unlösbares Problem, nämlich ihr nur noch „hypothetischer Realismus“ mit der unbeantworteten Frage: „Was ist Realität?“. Angesichts dieses Problems erhoffen sich manche Naturwissenschaftler von der Philosophie eine Hilfe. Doch diese Hilfe konnte die Philosophie ihr bisher ganz offensichtlich nicht geben, zumal die heutige Philosophie überhaupt ihren Bezug zum praktischen und modernen Leben größtenteils verloren hat.<br />Exemplarisch dafür steht der als einer der angesehensten Philosophen des 20. Jahrhunderts geltende Martin Heidegger. Heidegger stellt zwar einen existentiellen Bezug zum praktischen Leben dadurch her, indem er von einem drohenden Untergang verursacht durch die moderne Technik spricht und mit seinem Buch „Was heißt denken?“ eine konkrete Lösung dazu anbietet. Doch Heidegger vertritt dabei eine metaphysische Lösung, er verfolgt ähnlich wie in der Religion in diesem Zusammenhang ein metaphysisches, übernatürliches Seinsverständnis, das dem menschlichen Sein eine absolute Realität verleiht. Sein Denken ist ein metaphysisches Denken, und er grenzt sich darin von der modernen Wissenschaft, die mit ihrer Methode jede Metaphysik radikal verbannt hat, ausdrücklich mit den Worten ab: „Die Wissenschaft denkt nicht.“<br />Angesichts dieser vielfältigen Probleme und Widersprüche bei der genauen Bestimmung des scheinbar so realen Seins wird hier das Motto der Aufklärung „Habe Mut Dich Deines eigenen Verstandes zu bedienen“ befolgt. Es wird so versucht, entgegen dem herrschenden Paradigma des Realismus und eines teilweise blinden Autoritätsglaubens den nur noch hypothetischen Realismus zu einem akzeptablen Idealismus hin aufzuklären, zudem sich in der Quantenphysik diese idealistischen Lösungen geradezu aufdrängen. Mit der alten neuplatonischen Idee eines relativen Seinsverständnisses, bei dem Sein gerade keine Eigenschaft und kein Teil des Absoluten, Realen oder Göttlichen ist, eröffnet sich ein gangbarer Weg, auf dem ganz im Gegensatz zu Heideggers Seinsverständnis (als metaphysisches Ursein) nicht nur die Widersprüche zwischen der Philosophie und der modernen Naturwissenschaft überwunden werden können, sondern auch die zur Religion hin. Denn es hat selbst in der christlichen Tradition die sogenannte „negative Theologie“ gegeben, die erst mit Meister Eckhart im Mittelalter der Inquisition zum Opfer gefallen ist. In dieser Theologie ist das Göttliche keine Person, besitzt nicht einmal ein Sein, sondern ist das neuplatonische „Eine“. In der größtmöglichen Überwindung der Widersprüche zwischen den weltlichen Theorien von Philosophie, Religion und moderner Naturwissenschaft spiegelt sich so eine jenseitige Einheit, über die wir wie bei Plotin oder Kants Ding an sich nie werden etwas wissen können, und die eben auch nicht dazu da ist, die scheinbare Realität unseres menschlichen Seins zu retten, zu verewigen und damit zu vergöttlichen. <br />Dieses nicht reale sondern ideale Seins- und Selbstverständnis erweist sich in der Überwindung der Widersprüche als objektive Wahrheit und steht darin auch nicht im Widerspruch zu praktischen Erfahrungen und Anwendungen, wie den Versuchen in der Quantenphysik oder der erfahrenen Relativität und Vergänglichkeit auch des menschlichen Seins im Tod. Und nur dieses objektive Seins-, Selbst- und Weltverständnis kann einen Ausweg aus der misslichen Lage der aktuellen Entwicklung des Menschen weisen, der in einem begrenzten und übervölkerten Ökosystem versucht, sich der Realität seines Seins durch ein mittels der modernen Technik ermöglichtes, exzessives materielles Wachstum gewiss zu werden. Die Ursache für einen darin drohenden Untergang ist dann nicht wie bei Heidegger die von ihm dämonisierte Technik als solche, sondern eine falsches, reales Seins- und Selbstverständnis, nämlich genau das, das Heidegger durch ein metaphysisches Denken in seiner angeblichen Realität philosophisch absolut setzen will.
Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny,...
by Gina Kolata

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English

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272

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March 21, 2017

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<p><i>New York Times</i> science reporter Gina Kolata follows a family through genetic illness and one courageous daughter who decides her fate shall no longer be decided by a genetic flaw.</p><p>The phone rings. The doctor from California is on the line. “Are you ready Amanda?” The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most had begged her not to be tested—at least, not now. But she had to find out.</p><p>If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out if you’d inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk toward the problem, bravely accepting whatever answer came your way? Or would you avoid the potential bad news as long as possible? </p><p>In <i>Mercies in Disguise</i>, acclaimed <i>New York Times</i> science reporter and bestselling author Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an almost archetypal family in a small town in South Carolina. A proud and determined clan, many of them doctors, they are struck one by one with an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution—not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma—fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process. </p><p>A work of narrative nonfiction, <i>Mercies in Disguise </i>is the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It’s a story of a family that had to deal with unspeakable tragedy and yet did not allow it to tear them apart. And it is the story of a young woman—Amanda Baxley—who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family’s destiny.</p>
The Worlds Unknown: Places Where Life Might Find A Way
by , Deekshith Divakaran

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English

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March 16, 2017

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It does not matter whether you are interested in space science or not but you would have probably wondered about this age-old question at some point of your life, <br /><br />ARE WE ALONE IN THIS UNIVERSE?<br /><br />This book is about the past present and future of humanity’s exploration of space, written in a way mainly to focus on the above question. It gives hope for our near future on space, by listing the four most probable places inside the solar system that could support life and are currently within our technical reach. The book also explains in detail some of the future missions to these alien worlds and their possible outcomes while not avoiding the breakthrough findings of our previous mission that has observed these worlds up close. <br /><br />It is interesting that all three out of the four alien worlds in the list are in fact not planets but the moons of the gas giants, mainly Jupiter and Saturn. While considering the moons many questions arise in our minds as if, how can they maintain the temperature required for life while staying so far away from the sun? Or like, where does such beings get energy in the absence of any sunlight?<br /><br />Join us as we tackle the mind-blowing answers for such mysterious questions and figure out the most realistic speculations put forward by some of the leading scientists in the fields of astrobiology and planetary sciences. <br /><br />Some of these places hold great chances for the existence of habitable environments. Nevertheless, it does not matter whether the aliens we are going to find out there are underwater giants or just some extremophilic bacteria, anyway it will prove that the sprouts of life are not just exclusive to Earth but spread out through the cosmos.<br /><br />About the Authors<br /><br />This book is written by Niranjanan and Deekshith, the founders of the Futurestica blog and Transcendence magazine.<br />The Futurestica blog focuses mainly on contents related to space sciences and theoretical physics. They also publish helpful content related to blogging, writing and entrepreneurship all focused in the field of science.<br /><br />The Transcendence magazine is a tri-monthly publication that combines all the trending contents of the blog from the past months along with many other special articles and guest articles written by authors from inside and outside the Futurestica Crew.<br /><br />To know more about Futurestica visit: http://futurestica.com <br /><br />To know more about Transcendence Magazine visit: http://transcendence.futurestica.com <br />
Origins: Cosmos, Earth, and Mankind
by , Joel de Rosney

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English

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224

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November 07, 2011

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<div>In this potent book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—ponder and discuss some of the basic questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages, and offer thoughtful, enlightening answers in terms the layperson can easily understand. Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and philosophy. But science has reached a point where it, too, can voice an opinion. Beginning with the Big Bang roughly fifteen billion years ago, the authors trace the evolution of the cosmos, from the first particles, the atoms, the molecules, the development of cells, organisms, and living creatures, up to the arrival of <I>Homo erectus</I> and <I>Homo sapiens</I>. Proactive, informative, and free of technical or scientific jargon, <I>Origins</I> offers compelling insights into how the universe, life on Earth, and the human species began.</div>
British: A Genetic Journey
by Alistair Moffat

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

November 01, 2013

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Hidden inside all of us &#8211; every human being on Earth &#8211; is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when they arose, and the epic journeys people have made across the globe. Based on exciting new research involving the most wide-ranging sampling of DNA ever made in Britain, Alistair Moffat, author of the bestselling The Scots: A Genetic Journey, shows how all of us who live on these islands are immigrants. The last ice age erased any trace of more ancient inhabitants, and the ancestors of everyone who now lives in Britain came here after the glaciers retreated and the land greened once more. In an epic narrative, sometimes moving, sometimes astonishing, always revealing, Moffat writes an entirely new history of Britain. Instead of the usual parade of the usual suspects&#8211; kings, queens, saints, warriors and the notorious &#8211; this is a people's history, a narrative made from stories only DNA can tell which offers insights into who we are and where we come from.

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