Language : English
Published : 2016-07-07
Pages : 576
Practical Skills in Biomolecular Science 5th Edition
If you are studying the biomolecular sciences – including biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology – then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout the whole of your degree programme. It provides effective explanation and support for the development of a wide range of laboratory and data analysis skills that you will use time and again during the practical aspects of your studies. This book also gives you a solid grounding in the broader transferable skills, which are increasingly necessary to achieve a high level of academic success.
About the Author
Rob Reed is Adjunct Professor (Education and Science) at Central Queensland University, Australia David Holmes is Associate Dean of the Keith B.Taylor Global Scholars Programme, St George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada), based at Northumbria University, UK. Jonathan Weyers is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK. Allan Jones is Chancellor’s Award Fellow in Ecology, Environmental Science and Zoology at the University of Dundee, UK.
The idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia developed by Fred Hoyle and the present author in the 1970’s has been vindicated by a spate of new discoveries in astronomy and biology, and also with startling new evidence of microbial fossils in meteorites and micrometeorites. The recent Kepler Telescope searches for exoplanets have indicated the presence of over 100 billion habitable planets separated by only a few light years, thus making panspermia and the transfer of microbial life between such planets an inevitable fact. The book presents a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe theory of cometary panspermia in a manner accessible to a wide general readership.
The marine environment is the largest, most important, and yet most mysterious habitat on our planet. It contains more than 99% of the world’s living space, produces half of its oxygen, plays a critical role in regulating its climate, and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adapted array of life forms, from microscopic viruses, bacteria, and plankton to the largest existing animals. In this unique Very Short Introduction, biologist Philip Mladenov provides a comprehensive overview of marine biology, offering a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs, and from shoreline mollusks to deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Mladenov also looks at a number of factors that pose a significant threat to the marine environment and to many of its life forms-threats such as overfishing, coastal development, plastic pollution, oil spills, nutrient pollution, the spread of exotic species, and the emission of climate changing greenhouse gases. Throughout the book he successfully weaves around the principles of marine biology a discussion of the human impacts on the oceans and the threats these pose to our welfare.
About the Series:
Oxford’s Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects–from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative–yet always balanced and complete–discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
A squid with an eye the size of a basketball, a mammal that has venomous spurs; these are the bizarre and unexpected features of the animal world that have us glued to animal TV shows and movies and lining up to visit zoos each year. These are the types of awe-inspiring examples in Integrative Animal Biology that will bring students into a world of wonder. Taking an integrated, systems-based approach to animal biology (invertebrate/vertebrate) this book contains the unusual and surprising examples of biological structures and processes within an evolutionary context that is designed to capture student attention. You can embark on an unparalleled adventure and exploration into the animal world with Integrative Animal Biology.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Tales of Animals Chapter 2: Body Plans, Skeletons, and Development Chapter 3: The Phylogeny of Animal Groups Chapter 4: Evolutionary Processes Chapter 5: Larvae and Life Cycles Chapter 6: History of Animals: Fossils Chapter 7: Locomotion Chapter 8: Feeding Chapter 9: Digestion Chapter 10: Symbiosis and Parasitism Chapter 11: Gaseous Exchange Chapter 12: Circulation Chapter 13: Excretion Chapter 14: Reproduction Chapter 15: Neural Integration Chapter 16: Endocrine Integration Chapter 17: Behaviour Chapter 18: Interactions with Humans