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7. The lawless pursuit of biological systems

7. The lawless pursuit of biological systems  

Eberhard O. Voit

in Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2020
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Mar 2020
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9780191866975
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828372.003.0007
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The laws of physics are a prerequisite for us to make reliable predictions regarding our surroundings. By extension, making reliable predictions in biology requires laws of biology. The ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Philip V. Mladenov

in Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2020
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Feb 2020
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9780191877124
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10.1093/actrade/9780198841715.003.0001
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The oceans cover 71 per cent of our planet’s surface, create a vast globally connected fluid living space, and support a diverse array of life forms. The Introduction outlines the ocean ... More
6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology

6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology  

Samir Okasha

in Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191807640
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745587.003.0006
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‘Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology’ examines three philosophical questions that are specific to particular sciences. First, the debate between Gottfried Leibniz and ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
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9780191842719
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ identifies the purpose of this book—to introduce the general reader to some of the most important basic findings, concepts, and procedures of evolutionary biology. ... More
5. Medicine in the laboratory

5. Medicine in the laboratory  

William Bynum

in The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776984
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10.1093/actrade/9780199215430.003.0006
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‘Medicine in the laboratory’ explores how medicine became a more scientific field, moving away from its reliance upon the experience of doctors towards results obtained by experiment in the ... More
8. The future of cell research

8. The future of cell research  

Terence Allen and Graham Cowling

in The Cell: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777745
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10.1093/actrade/9780199578757.003.0008
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‘The future of cell research’ examines new directions and how they might evolve. Some involve the understanding of how cellular behaviour can change so dramatically after subtle changes at ... More
4. Computational systems biology

4. Computational systems biology  

Eberhard O. Voit

in Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2020
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828372.003.0004
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The new methods of —omics biology, combined with more traditional experiments, have the capacity of generating more high-quality data than ever before. So, why isn’t that sufficient? What ... More
2. Exciting new puzzles

2. Exciting new puzzles  

Eberhard O. Voit

in Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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10.1093/actrade/9780198828372.003.0002
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Systems biologists want to understand how biological systems operate within their natural surroundings. These ‘systems’ may be whole cells, organisms, or even populations, but they are more ... More
10. A glance into the future

10. A glance into the future  

Michael Dunn and Tony Hope

in Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191853173
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10.1093/actrade/9780198815600.003.0010
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9780198815600
The future of medical ethics, the ways in which it will develop and change, will be largely determined by the nature of the new situations that arise. ‘A glance into the future’ suggests ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785085
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10.1093/actrade/9780198716488.003.0008
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The Epilogue concludes with a brief look at some of the exciting, and more positive, aspects of chemistry since the 1960s: the use of computers to study perfect three-dimensional structural ... More
Why causation?

Why causation?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0001
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9780199684434
‘Why causation?’ introduces the reader to one of the core topics in philosophy, but which is important to everyone whether a scientist, social scientist, or philosopher. The key theories of ... More
8. The future

8. The future  

Sebastian G.B. Amyes

in Bacteria: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191777752
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10.1093/actrade/9780199578764.003.0008
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9780199578764
‘The future’ considers the benefits and potential downfalls of research into the molecular biology of bacteria. Bacteria as a cause of disease and bacteria within the modern world are ... More
Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Samir Okasha

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191807640
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745587.001.0001
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9780198745587
What is science? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction explores the main themes and theories of contemporary philosophy of ... More
Heredity: A Very Short Introduction

Heredity: A Very Short Introduction  

John Waller

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Aug 2017
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Aug 2017
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9780191831706
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10.1093/actrade/9780198790457.001.0001
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9780198790457
The idea of heredity—that qualities of body and mind are somehow inherited from one’s parents—has profoundly shaped many aspects of the human experience: from our attempts to understand ... More
2. The biology of mammals

2. The biology of mammals  

T. S. Kemp

in Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.003.0002
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9780198766940
In order to understand mammals and their amazing variety, we must first learn about their shared biology. ‘The biology of mammals’ first considers how and why mammals stay warm and active. ... More
Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Eberhard O. Voit

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Mar 2020
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Mar 2020
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9780191866975
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828372.001.0001
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9780198828372
Systems biology came about as growing numbers of scientists and engineers from different fields created experimental methods and algorithms that supported the analysis of very large ... More
1. What is systems biology all about?

1. What is systems biology all about?  

Eberhard O. Voit

in Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2020
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9780191866975
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828372.003.0001
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9780198828372
Systems biology is a new specialty area that has exactly the same goals and purposes as general biology, namely, to understand how life works. But in contrast to traditional biology, ... More
3. The —omics revolution

3. The —omics revolution  

Eberhard O. Voit

in Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2020
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9780191866975
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828372.003.0003
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9780198828372
In the past, experiments were time consuming and expensive, and data were therefore often scarce. The so-called —omics revolution has changed this situation to a point where we often have ... More
9. The future of human evolution

9. The future of human evolution  

Bernard Wood

in Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.003.0009
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9780198831747
What are the next few decades likely to bring in terms of new evidence about human evolution? Are modern humans still evolving, and if so, what changes are we likely to see? ‘The future of ... More
5. Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep

5. Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep  

J. Allan Hobson

in Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775499
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.003.0005
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9780192802156
‘Why dream?’ 5 considers the implication for the development of the abundant, florid REM sleep of all mammalian newborns, the changes that occur during brain development, and the effects of ... More

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