Coming to Life: How Genes Drive Development

Coming to Life How Genes Drive Development Coming to Life is a remarkable journey through developmental biology that reveals miraculous processes in the microscopic world of cells Through an accounting of groundbreaking discoveries Christiane

  • Title: Coming to Life: How Genes Drive Development
  • Author: Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
  • ISBN: 9780967007670
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Coming to Life is a remarkable journey through developmental biology that reveals miraculous processes in the microscopic world of cells Through an accounting of groundbreaking discoveries, Christiane Nusslein Volhard tells us many answers to historical and contemporary questions in science For example, she brings us the newest knowledge about embryonic forms, explains tComing to Life is a remarkable journey through developmental biology that reveals miraculous processes in the microscopic world of cells Through an accounting of groundbreaking discoveries, Christiane Nusslein Volhard tells us many answers to historical and contemporary questions in science For example, she brings us the newest knowledge about embryonic forms, explains the genetic mechanisms that influence adult development of all animals, and shares insights into the ethical standards society moist uphold in the face of new scientific discoveries.As the author leads us from laboratory research to its applications in human beings, we also come to understand why children look like their parents, how an embryonic cell knows to become an eye rather than an eyelash, and other incredible influences hat result in variety in life Complete with her own hand drawn illustrations, Coming to Life gives a rare opportunity to understand a Nobel Prize winner s passion for science in concise, understandable language 55 b w illustrations.

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    1. I agree with the earlier (brief) review. I'm not sure what her target audience was. The information presented is either too brief and easily misunderstood, or is too detailed and technical for the average layperson to easily grasp.The initial sections, as well as later sections, on evolution were laughable. The first section is barely competent in describing the basic premises of evolution. The latter section attempts a "history of life" approach, but again is simplistic and leaves out far too m [...]

    2. This book presents the reader with a good general overview of developmental biology, or as it previously called: embryology, without getting into the nuts and bolts of molecular biology and genetics. Still, the reader must have a basic background in biology in order to be able to get anywhere with this book, but then thats whom this book is targeted for. The author did a great job on clarifying the fundamental concept of how an organism develops from a single cell, although she did this by conce [...]

    3. A good book if you don't know much about developmental biology. The author tries to explain a difficult topic with simple language, but it is not a very easy read.

    4. This book was more like a text book in the way it was laid out, but it was nice to get a concise refresher course on development.

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