REVOLUTION IN BIOLOGY by John Maddox

REVOLUTION IN BIOLOGY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This excellent survey of what has happened in biology since 1953 to give it new exciting frontiers and a tone of expectation unparalleled by any other science brings together all the modern developments that have led to the latest advances in our knowledge of protein synthesis. It is a serious if briefly detailed account of the rapid changes that occurred after Watson and Crick discovered the structure of the chemical DNA (which is present in all cells capable of reproducing themselves). It is also particularly useful because it provides a chronological picture detailing the historical preparation for this great accomplishment and the sequence of discoveries relating the structure, function, chemistry, and nature of protein and cellular genetic mechanisms, that quickly followed. The author tells broadly what these may mean to our attempts to understand the fundamental nature of Life as he describes our current understanding of ATP, ribosomes, viruses, the mitochondira, messenger RNA, etc. Not for beginners, but for those with some biology and chemistry who are eager to know about biology's new perspectives. Vitally necessary and instructive diagrams.

Publisher: Macmillan