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7. The chemical computer: molecular information

7. The chemical computer: molecular information  

Philip Ball

in Molecules: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2003
Published Online: 
Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191776724
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854308.003.0007
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chapter
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9780192854308
‘The chemical computer: molecular information’ outlines the ways that molecules can store and transmit information. Genetics is living proof that complex information can be encoded through ... More
5. Where does synaesthesia come from?The role of genetics and learning

5. Where does synaesthesia come from?: The role of genetics and learning  

Julia Simner

in Synaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2019
Published Online: 
Jun 2019
eISBN: 
9780191813405
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198749219.003.0005
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9780198749219
Why are the brains of synaesthetes so ‘communicative’ and how exactly do synaesthetic sensations form? ‘Where does synaesthesia come from? The role of genetics and learning’ asks whether ... More
3. Fungal genetics and life cycles

3. Fungal genetics and life cycles  

Nicholas P. Money

in Fungi: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
Published Online: 
Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785825
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688784.003.0003
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9780199688784
All of the structures produced by fungi, from simple budding yeast cells to long-lived bracket mushrooms, are encoded in genes. The genome of the fungus is a blueprint for its organization ... More
Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction

Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Tom Burns

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
eISBN: 
9780191865145
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.001.0001
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book
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9780198826200
Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature of psychiatry, focusing on what it can and cannot do, and discussing why its history has been beset by dramatic shifts ... More
8. Progress and possibility

8. Progress and possibility  

John Waller

in Heredity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2017
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Aug 2017
eISBN: 
9780191831706
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198790457.003.0008
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9780198790457
After millennia of speculation, confusion, and belated progress geneticists are now able to explain how coils of DNA create the proteins out of which we are all formed; they can tell us ... More
Smell: A Very Short Introduction

Smell: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Cobb

Print Publication Year: 
May 2020
Published Online: 
May 2020
eISBN: 
9780191863967
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825258.001.0001
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9780198825258
Smell: A Very Short Introduction is an exploration of the science and physiology of smell and its historical, cultural, and environmental significance. What happens in our ... More
Fungi: A Very Short Introduction

Fungi: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas P. Money

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785825
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688784.001.0001
Item type: 
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ISBN: 
9780199688784
The diversity of the mycological world is far greater than most people imagine. Tens of thousands of fungal species have been described and many more are known only from the abundance of ... More
3. Microbial genetics and molecular microbiology

3. Microbial genetics and molecular microbiology  

Nicholas P. Money

in Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
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Dec 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781605
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199681686.003.0003
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9780199681686
Cell structures and metabolic processes are specified by genes. The genomes of bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotic microorganisms are encoded in double-stranded helices of DNA. ‘Genetics and ... More
Information: A Very Short Introduction

Information: A Very Short Introduction  

Luciano Floridi

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.001.0001
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9780199551378
Information: A Very Short Introduction explores the concept of information, central to modern science and society, from thermodynamics and DNA to our use of the mobile phone ... More
6. Biological information

6. Biological information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777349
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0007
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9780199551378
‘Biological information’ outlines the nature of information in genetics and neuroscience. Genes are instructions for creating proteins in organisms, and these instructions are carried ... More
4. Dyslexia genes and the environment—a class act?

4. Dyslexia genes and the environment—a class act?  

Margaret J. Snowling

in Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2019
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May 2019
eISBN: 
9780191859496
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198818304.003.0004
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9780198818304
‘Dyslexia genes and the environment—a class act?’ considers the biological bases of dyslexia. Is dyslexia heritable? It has been known for many years that dyslexia runs in families. Like ... More
7. Into the 21st century

7. Into the 21st century  

Tom Burns

in Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
eISBN: 
9780191865145
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.003.0007
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9780198826200
‘Into the 21st century’ explains how there is an increased focus on how our body, and not just the brain, influences our mental health. Rapidly advancing computer technology, including ... More
6. Molecules and men

6. Molecules and men  

John Waller

in Heredity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2017
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Aug 2017
eISBN: 
9780191831706
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198790457.003.0006
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9780198790457
‘Molecules and men’ describes the brilliance, ingenuity, and ugliness with which ideas about heredity were developed and deployed from 1900 into the 1960s. Within sixty years the new field ... More
7. Theories and neurobiology of development

7. Theories and neurobiology of development  

Usha Goswami

in Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780967
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199646593.003.0008
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9780199646593
‘Theories and neurobiology of development’ defines what a theory is and examines how the theories of two famous psychologists, Piaget and Vygotsky, have aided the current understanding of ... More
Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction

Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas P. Money

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2014
Published Online: 
Dec 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781605
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199681686.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199681686
In recent decades we have come to realize that the microbial world is hugely diverse, and can be found in the most extreme environments. Fungi, single-celled protists, bacteria, archaea, ... More
7. New horizons

7. New horizons  

John Waller

in Heredity: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2017
Published Online: 
Aug 2017
eISBN: 
9780191831706
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198790457.003.0007
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198790457
Several trends over the past fifty years have deeply affected how we think about heredity. The science of genetics has continued to make spectacular progress and its findings are having ... More

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