David S. Goodsell The Machinery of Life

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The Machinery of Life

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Research on the organization and function of cells has given scientists a remarkably detailed view of the molecular "machinery of life," but much of this information is not readily accessible to scientists, students or the general reader outside of the field of biochemistry. This book draws upon its author's unique combination of scientific, writing, and artistic skills and provides an exceptionally vivid view of the molecules which drive the living process. Dr. Goodsell has used results from biochemistry, cell and molecular biology to write a crisp, comprehensible description of how living cells work. The most extraordinary feature of this book, however, are the dozens of fascinating illustrations which the author has prepared to illustrate the shape, number, and function of molecules vital for life. Many of the illustrations have been drawn by hand; others are full-color computer graphics.

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The cell is the basic unit of life, but most of us have at best a fuzzy, low-power idea of how cells are put together and what they look like. "The microscopic world of molecules is separated from our everyday world by an insurmountable, million-fold difference in size," says David Goodsell. "I created the illustrations in this book to help bridge this gulf and allow us to look at the molecular structure of cells, if not directly, then in an artistic rendition." Goodsell has succeeded remarkably. His pictures, mostly line drawings, show the structures of crucial biochemicals and the boggling intricacy of their arrangement in living cells. "A few minutes' study may be needed to overcome the feeling of claustrophobia," said Nature, "but will reward the reader with a lasting impression of the density and complexity of this soup of life." --Mary Ellen Curtin

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David Goodsell is in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, where his research integrates computer graphics and computational chemistry with the results of X-ray crystallography.

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