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CONTENTS Preface viii Acknowledgments x Introduction xi 1 The Origin of Life The Big Bang The Importance of Violent Storms Essential Molecules Formed Spontaneously Life Began in an RNA World Once upon a Wave The Classification of Cells 2 Procaryotes: Laying the Foundations A Simple but Versatile Cell The Quest For Power The Importance of Good Housekeeping A Lost World A New Genetic Order The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 3 Eucaryotes: Dawn of a New Era Overview of Eucaryote Structure and Function The Nucleus Protein Synthesis Designing a Molecular Forest The Birth of Communication Symbiosis and the Quest for Power Recycling and Defense 4 The Cell Cycle DNA Replication Binary Fission Mitosis Meiosis 5 Genes The Human Genome Project The Future of Genomic Research Turning Genes On and Off Gene Monitors and Repair Crews Jumping Genes 6 From Cells to Bodies The Road to Multicellular Creatures Cell Junctions Cells in the Human Body Cells of the Immune System 7 Neurons:Pushing Back the Night Neural Anatomy Signal Transduction The Synaptic Junction Myelination Neurotransmitters Neural Circuits Summary 8 Resource Center Light Microscopy Histology and Histochemistry Recombinant DNA Technology APPENDIXES Glossary Further Reading Websites Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Cells Popular works, Cells Evolution Popular works