How life works: a user's guide to the new Biology

By: Ball, PhilipPublication details: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, [c2023]Description: 541 pISBN: 9780226826684LOC classification: QH501 .B356
Contents:
Prologue Chapter 1. The End of the Machine: A New View of Life Chapter 2. Genes: What DNA Really Does Chapter 3. RNA and Transcription: Reading the Message Chapter 4. Proteins: Structure and Unstructure Chapter 5. Networks: The Webs That Make Us Chapter 6. Cells: Decisions, Decisions Chapter 7. Tissues: How to Build, When to Stop Chapter 8. Bodies: Uncovering the Pattern Chapter 9. Agency: How Life Gets Goals and Purposes Chapter 10. Troubleshooting: Rethinking Medicine Chapter 11. Making and Hacking: Redesigning Life Epilogue Acknowledgments Source Notes Bibliography Index
Summary: In How Life Works, Philip Ball explores the new biology, revealing life to be a far richer, more ingenious affair than we had guessed. Ball explains that there is no unique place to look for an answer to this question: life is a system of many levels—genes, proteins, cells, tissues, and body modules such as the immune system and the nervous system—each with its own rules and principles. How Life Works explains how these levels operate, interface, and work together (most of the time). With this knowledge come new possibilities. Today we can redesign and reconfigure living systems, tissues, and organisms. We can reprogram cells, for instance, to carry out new tasks and grow into structures not seen in the natural world. As we discover the conditions that dictate the forms into which cells organize themselves, our ability to guide and select the outcomes becomes ever more extraordinary. Some researchers believe that ultimately we will be able to regenerate limbs and organs, and perhaps even create new life forms that evolution has never imagined. Incorporating the latest research and insights, How Life Works is a sweeping journey into this new frontier of the life sciences, a realm that will reshape our understanding of life as we know it.--- Summary provided by publisher
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Prologue
Chapter 1. The End of the Machine: A New View of Life
Chapter 2. Genes: What DNA Really Does
Chapter 3. RNA and Transcription: Reading the Message
Chapter 4. Proteins: Structure and Unstructure
Chapter 5. Networks: The Webs That Make Us
Chapter 6. Cells: Decisions, Decisions
Chapter 7. Tissues: How to Build, When to Stop
Chapter 8. Bodies: Uncovering the Pattern
Chapter 9. Agency: How Life Gets Goals and Purposes
Chapter 10. Troubleshooting: Rethinking Medicine
Chapter 11. Making and Hacking: Redesigning Life
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Source Notes
Bibliography
Index

In How Life Works, Philip Ball explores the new biology, revealing life to be a far richer, more ingenious affair than we had guessed. Ball explains that there is no unique place to look for an answer to this question: life is a system of many levels—genes, proteins, cells, tissues, and body modules such as the immune system and the nervous system—each with its own rules and principles. How Life Works explains how these levels operate, interface, and work together (most of the time).

With this knowledge come new possibilities. Today we can redesign and reconfigure living systems, tissues, and organisms. We can reprogram cells, for instance, to carry out new tasks and grow into structures not seen in the natural world. As we discover the conditions that dictate the forms into which cells organize themselves, our ability to guide and select the outcomes becomes ever more extraordinary. Some researchers believe that ultimately we will be able to regenerate limbs and organs, and perhaps even create new life forms that evolution has never imagined.

Incorporating the latest research and insights, How Life Works is a sweeping journey into this new frontier of the life sciences, a realm that will reshape our understanding of life as we know it.--- Summary provided by publisher

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