How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

3.45 avg rating
( 168 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393072211: How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells

Biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component?the cell.

Everything about our existence?movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth and, ultimately, death?is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from the tiniest bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, internationally acclaimed embryologist Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life derives from a single cell and then grows into a body, an incredibly complex society made up of billions of them. When we age, our cells cannot repair the damage they have undergone; when we get ill, it is because cells are so damaged they stop working and die. Wolpert examines the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood?stem cell research, cloning, DNA, mutating cancer cells?and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Lewis Wolpert is Professor Emeritus of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London. His books include Six Impossible Things before Breakfast, How We Live and Why We Die, and Malignant Sadness, the basis for a BBC television series.

From Publishers Weekly:

Wolpert, professor emeritus of biology at University College London (Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast), conceives bodies as complex societies of cells, with each individual cell and cell type fulfilling a very specific role. As Wolpert explains, cells are incredibly complicated, representing evolution in action. Indeed, Wolpert asserts, However clever one thinks cells are, they almost always turn out to exceed one's expectations. He provides basic biological information about cell structure, genetics and reproduction, and then discusses the roles cells play in disease, aging, death, reproduction, memory, emotion and much more. In focusing on the process of human development, he marvels at how a single cell, a fertilized egg, can grow into a complex organism. Along the way, Wolpert lightly touches on some hot-button topics like the ethics of stem cell research; when a developing fetus might be considered human; and the ethics of cloning. His range is so great that he has little time to delve beneath the surface of any of the subjects he raises, making this a cursory introduction for the novice in basic cell biology and its implications. (Oct.)
Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wolpert, Lewis
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 4
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EYDQW000LJH

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by WW Norton Publishers
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0393072215

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0393072215 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2122239262

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 211 x 145 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Everything about our existence-movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth and, ultimately, death-is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from the tiniest bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, internationally acclaimed embryologist Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life derives from a single cell and then grows into a body, an incredibly complex society made up of billions of them. When we age, our cells cannot repair the damage they have undergone; when we get ill, it is because cells are so damaged they stop working and die. Wolpert examines the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood-stem cell research, cloning, DNA, mutating cancer cells-and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780393072211

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Lewis Wolpert
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97803930722111.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2009)
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0393072215

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ohmsoft LLC
(Lake Forest, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Book Condition: Brand New. Ships from USA. FREE domestic shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 0393072215

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by WW Norton & Co
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton & Co. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells, Lewis Wolpert, Everything about our existence-movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth and, ultimately, death-is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from the tiniest bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, internationally acclaimed embryologist Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life derives from a single cell and then grows into a body, an incredibly complex society made up of billions of them. When we age, our cells cannot repair the damage they have undergone; when we get ill, it is because cells are so damaged they stop working and die. Wolpert examines the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood-stem cell research, cloning, DNA, mutating cancer cells-and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself. Bookseller Inventory # B9780393072211

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2009)
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0393072215

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2009)
ISBN 10: 0393072215 ISBN 13: 9780393072211
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Nearfine Books
(Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Book Condition: new. Shiny and new! Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Bookseller Inventory # 9780393072211-1

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book