Showing posts with label genetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label genetics. Show all posts

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Life: The Science of Biology, 9th Edition

Life's ninth edition brings a fresh approach to the study of biology while retaining the features that have made the book successful in the past. A new coauthor, the distinguished entomologist May R. Berenbaum has joined the team and the role of evolutionary biologist David Hillis is greatly expanded in this edition.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature - Matt Ridley (Audiobook + E-book)

"A terrific book: witty and lucid, and brimming with provocative conjectures."
Wall Street Journal

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science - P. W. Atkins

This beautifully written but at times overly ambitious book illustrates both the possibilities and the limitations of science popularizations. Chemistry professor Atkins examines the epochal ideas of science, including evolution, the role of DNA in heredity, entropy, the atomic structure of matter, symmetry, wave-particle duality, the expansion of the universe and the curvature of spacetime. Exploring the history of these concepts from the ancient Greeks onward, the chapters amount to case studies in the power of the Galilean paradigm of the "isolation of the essentials of a problem," and mathematical theorizing disciplined by real-world experiment, as humanity's understanding moves from armchair speculation and observational lore to testable theories of great explanatory power. Amazon

The chapters:

Evolution: The Emergence of Complexity
DNA: The Rationalization of Biology
Energy: The Universalization of Accountancy
Entropy: The Spring of Change
Atoms: The Reduction of Matter
Symmetry: The Quantification of Beauty
Quanta: The Simplification of Understanding
Cosmology: The Globalization of Reality
Spacetime: The Arena of Action
Arithmetic: The Limits of Reason

File size: 33 MB
Format: djvu

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human - Matt Ridley (Audiobook + E-book)

In the follow-up to his bestseller, Genome, Matt Ridley takes on a centuries-old question: is it nature or nurture that makes us who we are? Ridley asserts that the question itself is a "false dichotomy." Using copious examples from human and animal behavior, he presents the notion that our environment affects the way our genes express themselves.

Ridley writes that the switches controlling our 30,000 or so genes not only form the structures of our brains but do so in such a way as to cue off the outside environment in a tidy feedback loop of body and behavior. In fact, it seems clear that we have genetic "thermostats" that are turned up and down by environmental factors. He challenges both scientific and folk concepts, from assumptions of what's malleable in a person to sociobiological theories based solely on the "selfish gene." Amazon

[E-book - pdf - 2 MB]

[Audiobook - Read by the author/MP3, 48 kbps - 131 MB]

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Genius of Britain: The Secrets of Life (5/5)

The final episode focuses on the discoveries of the last fifty years from amazing discovery of the structure of DNA to revolutionary new discovery carbon nanotubes. At the end of the episode Dawkins visits Hawking and they ask each other questions about essential subjects such as origin of life, the future of mankind and God (reminds me a little bit of the scenes that Neo visits the Oracle. LOL!).

Other episodes: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4] - [5]

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters - Matt Ridley (Audiobook + E-book)

"In Genome Ridley continues with his expansion into larger themes, as he takes us on a roller coaster ride through the very foundation of life: DNA"
Michael Shermer

Science writer Matt Ridley has found a way to tell someone else's story without being accused of plagiarism. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters delves deep within your body (and, to be fair, Ridley's too) looking for dirt dug up by the Human Genome Project. Each chapter pries one gene out of its chromosome and focuses on its role in our development and adult life, but also goes further, exploring the implications of genetic research and our quickly changing social attitudes toward this information. Genome shies away from the "tedious biochemical middle managers" that only a nerd could love and instead goes for the A-material: genes associated with cancer, intelligence, sex (of course), and more. Amazon

[E-book - pdf - 2 MB]

[Audiobook - Unabridged/MP3, 32 kbps - 199 MB]

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Richard Dawkins Interviews Craig Venter

Dawkins visits Craig Venter, who cracked the genetic code of humans, to see new technologies and discuss awe-inspiring discoveries in the field of genetics.

A short clip from the interview:

File size: 674 MB
Duration: 42m

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Life: The Science of Biology, 7th Edition - W. Purves, D. Sadava, G. Orians, C. Heller

Authoritative, thorough, and engaging, Life: The Science of Biology achieves an optimal balance of scholarship and teachability, never losing sight of either the science or the student. The first introductory text to present biological concepts through the research that revealed them, Life covers the full range of topics with an integrated experimental focus that flows naturally from the narrative. This approach helps to bring the drama of classic and cutting-edge research to the classroom—but always in the context of reinforcing core ideas and the innovative scientific thinking behind them. Students will experience biology not just as a litany of facts or a highlight reel of experiments, but as a rich, coherent discipline. Amazon

Sample pages (click to enlarge):

File size: 39 MB
Format: pdf

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo - Sean B. Carroll (Audiobook)

"Every animal form is the product of two processes--development from an egg and evolution from its ancestors," writes Sean B. Carroll in his introduction to Endless Forms Most Beautiful. The new science of "evo devo"--or evolutionary developmental biology--examines the relationships between those two processes, embryonic development and evolutionary changes, despite their radically different time scales. Carroll first offers a recap of how genes express themselves in a growing embryo, then peers into the life histories of real-life examples to explain how those genes have changed (or not changed) over millions of years of evolution. Paraphrasing Thomas Huxley, he asks us to consider evolution and development as two sides of the same coin.

The book's second half is where Carroll really gets at the meat of evo devo, explaining how regulatory genes control such mysteries as individual and population changes in butterfly's spots, jaguar fur, and hominid skulls. Evo devo is one of the hottest areas of study in 21st-century biology, and Carroll's outline of the field is a great place to start understanding it. Amazon

[E-book version]

File Size: 240 MB
Format: MP3, 64 kbps/Unabridged

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution - Sean B. Carroll (Audiobook)

Picking up where scientists like Richard Dawkins have left off, Carroll, a professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo-Devo), has written a fast-paced look at how DNA demonstrates the evolutionary process. Natural selection eliminates harmful changes and embraces beneficial ones, and each change leaves its signature on a species' DNA codes. While searches for the genetic basis for evolution are hardly new, Carroll offers some provocative and convincing evidence. Publishers Weekly

File Size: 328 MB
Format: MP3, 96 kbps/Unabridged

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior - Bobbi S. Low

Sex differences, Low says, are central to our lives. Are they genetically programmed or the result of social traditions? "New research ... supports the perhaps unsettling view that men and women have indeed evolved to behave differently." The differences arise from "the fundamental principle of evolutionary biology, that all living organisms have evolved to seek and use resources to enhance their reproductive success." Low, a professor of resource ecology at the University of Michigan, develops her argument through examinations of genetics, primate societies, and human behavior past and present. Then she asks a haunting question. Have we, simply by doing well what we have evolved to do, "changed the rules so that now it may even be detrimental to 'strive' to our utmost abilities?" It seems likely, she says, "that we will face new problems as growing, and increasingly consumptive, human populations interact with environmental ... stability." Scientific American

File Size: 4 MB
Format: pdf

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Friday, October 10, 2008


How did life begin? Creationists say God did it but scientists' answer is not so simple but they are the ones who do the hard job to uncover the fact everytime.

Related to: The Big Question - How did life begin? by Harry Kroto

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors - Nicholas Wade (Audiobook)

In Before the Dawn, Nicholas Wade, science writer for the New York Times, traces our ancestral population’s unlikely prehistoric passage out of Africa through the Gate of Grief, eastward into Sunda and Sahul for some, northward into modern day Turkey and Iran for others. Mastery of language, pair mating, and a swiftly swelling intellect were among the crucial innovations that allowed humans to embark on this epic voyage, to overcome their aggressive hunter-gatherer past, and embrace a settled, cooperative, and civilized future.

[E-book version]

File size: 424 MB
Format: Unabridged/MP3, 80 kbps

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Monday, September 22, 2008

BBC Horizon - The Ghost in Your Genes (2005)

DNA consists of vital information that forms our lives, as known.

However epigenetics changes the view of DNA now.

Can our grandparents, even great grandparents directly effect our well-being?

Or we, humans carry the sins of our ancestors?

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Total Size (MB) ....: 350,02 MB
Video Length .......: 00:49:06

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Richard Dawkins - The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life (Audiobook + E-book)

The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way. The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life-like reconstructions of our common ancestors. The Ancestor's Tale represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.

Just as we trace our personal family trees from parents to grandparents and so on back in time, so in The Ancestor's Tale Richard Dawkins traces the ancestry of life. As he is at pains to point out, this is very much our human tale, our ancestry. Surprisingly, it is one that many otherwise literate people are largely unaware of. Hopefully Dawkins's name and well deserved reputation as a best selling writer will introduce them to this wonderful saga.

The Ancestor's Tale takes us from our immediate human ancestors back through what he calls concestors, those shared with the apes, monkeys and other mammals and other vertebrates and beyond to the dim and distant microbial beginnings of life some 4 billion years ago. It is a remarkable story which is still very much in the process of being uncovered. And, of course from a scientist of Dawkins stature and reputation we get an insider's knowledge of the most up-to-date science and many of those involved in the research. And, as we have come to expect of Dawkins, it is told with a passionate commitment to scientific veracity and a nose for a good story. Dawkins's knowledge of the vast and wonderful sweep of life's diversity is admirable. Not only does it encompass the most interesting living representatives of so many groups of organisms but also the important and informative fossil ones, many of which have only been found in recent years. Richard Wentk, Focus Magazine

[Audiobook - 407 MB]

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi - 21 MB]

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Richard Dawkins - The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

Dawkins' book first published in 1982 can be considered as a sequel to The Selfish Gene. A more detailed looking to evolution and genes. Also according to the Dawkins this one is his best book.

Dawkins argues that the only thing that genes control directly is the synthesis of proteins. He points to the arbitrariness of restricting the idea of the phenotype to apply only to the phenotypic expression of an organism's genes in its own body.

File Size: 17 MB
Format: pdf

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Big Question (2 of 5) How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto

The chemistry has amazing power to explain the world around us.

But this documentary is pushing its limits.

Seek an answer for the deepest question the human beings asked themselves with Nobel Prize winner chemist Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto: how did life begin?

How did life actually begin on Earth? How are lives linked to the fate of the stars?

Episode list:
How did the Universe Begin? - Stephen Hawking
How did Life Begin? - Harry Kroto
Why are we here? - Richard Dawkins
Why am I me? - Susan Greenfield
How will the World End? - Ian Stewart

File Size: 300 MB
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