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The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance

The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology Is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease, and Inheritance
  

The new scientific field, epigenetics, is revolutionizing our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. Epigenetic ideas help explain why mapping an organism's genetic code is simply not enough to determine how it develops or acts, and shows how nur... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780231161169
Barcode 9780231161169
Published 6 March 2012 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
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ISBN-13 9780231161169
ISBN-10 0231161166
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 6 March 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category DNA
Enzymology
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 595g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Epigenesis, Epigenesis, Genetic, Embryology, Molecular evolution, Evolution, Molecular
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 616.042
Catalogue Code 426327

Description of this Book

Epigenetics has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on earth. It explains why mapping an organism's DNA code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Conducting a survey of the twenty-year history of the field while also showcasing its latest findings, this volume provides a solid introduction for grasping the foundations of epigenetics, the field's recent discoveries and innovations, and its practical and theoretical applications. Epigenetics is now informing work on drug addiction, the long-term effects of famine, and the physical and psychological consequences of childhood trauma. A leading epigenetics researcher, Nessa Carey also connects the field's arguments to such diverse phenomena as how ants and queen bees control their colonies, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why some plants need cold weather before they can flower, and how we age and develop disease. She concludes with future directions for research and the ability for epigenetics to improve human health and well-being. Published in the United Kingdom in 2011 and widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic, this new book is sure to become a classic in modern biology.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Anyone seriously interested in who we are and how we function should read this book. -- Peter Forbes The Guardian Nessa Carey takes us on a lively and up-to-date tour of what's known about epigenetic mechanisms and their implications for ageing and cancer. -- Laurence Hurst, professor, University of Bath, Focus Magazine [Carey's] book combines an easy style with a textbook's thoroughness...a bold attempt to bring epigenetics to a wide audience. -- Jonathan Weitzman, Nature

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Author's Bio

Nessa Carey is a visiting professor at Imperial College in London and currently works in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, where she has specialized in epigenetics for nearly a decade. She has strong relationships with leading epigenetics researchers, medical labs in Europe, and with some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, including the Harvard Medical School, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Wistar Institute.

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