ISBN: 3-527-30588-2 - Hardcover - 372 pages
January 06, 2004 - £32.50 / €48.80
What are currently the most dynamic areas in the life sciences and where do future challenges lie? In this carefully selected collection of essays, world-class scientists -- all of them winners of the Nobel, Lasker or Wolf prizes -- describe groundbreaking developments in their particular area of expertise. The selection of topics is as diverse and colorful as life itself:
* Will advances in molecular biology allow us to learn all about the cell's internal workings?
* What are the prospects of molecular medicine for the treatment of cancer and other diseases?
* How will agriculture develop in the era of transgenic plants?
* How will life on our planet be transformed as the human population continues to increase?
Founded on hard facts as well as on scientific intuition, each chapter highlights a different aspect of life science and is completely self-contained.
Fascinating reading for anyone with an active interest in the life sciences, as well as being ideal for teaching purposes.
Table of Contents
Ribosomes, the Machines of Life
RNaseP: Variations and Uses
The Antiquity of RNA-based Evolution
Aminoacyl tRNA Synthetases as Potential Markers for the Development of the Genetic Code
The Ubiquitin-mediated Proteolytic System
How Proteins Speak With One Another in Cell Signaling
From Tyrphostins to Gleeve: Signal Transduction Therapy
Protein Phosphorylation: What does the Future Hold?
The Concept of Specificity in Peptide Vaccines for Infectious, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Diseases
The Prospect of Cell Replacement Therapy by Nuclear Transplantation
The Control of Hematopoiesis and Leukemia: From Basic Biology to the Clinic
No Future for Agriculture Without Plant Biotechnology
The Phantom Vector of an Emerging Viroid
From Rapeseed to Canola
Future of Maize Improvement
Population Dynamics in Evolutionary Ecology