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Vital Harmonies: Molecular Biology and Our Shared Humanity

By: Erwin Fleissner

176 pages, 10 illus

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Jul 2006 | #157823 | ISBN: 0231131135
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Hardback | Nov 2004 | #144943 | ISBN: 0231131127
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About this book

In this short, poetic account Erwin Fleissner, a well respected cancer researcher and teacher, surveys the last 50 years of molecular biology. The book is a personal look at the revolution in biology from a participant's point of view, offering a broad understanding of the scientific advances that have occured in molecular genetics and cell biology and what scientists actually know about them.

Fleissner's profound humanism and his justification of ethical tenets through an evolutionary analysis is wonderful and insightful. - Max Gottesman, director, Institute of Cancer Research, Columbia University Medical Center "[Evokes] a sense of wonder at the complexity and beauty of nature [that] is both impressive and moving." - Nature Cell Biology"


Prefatory NoteAcknowledgmentsPrologue: Molecular Biology from the Viewpoint of a PractitionerThe Genetic Point of ViewThe Logic of the CellFrom Cell to OrganismAbnormal Cell Growth in CancerHuman Genomes and Human BeingsOn ConsciousnessMolecular Biology and the Limits of Molecular ExplanationNotesGlossarySelect Bibliography and Further ReadingIndex

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Erwin Fleissner is professor emeritus of biology at Hunter College, City University of New York.

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