The Compatibility Gene

How Our Bodies Fight Disease, Attract Others, and Define Our Selves

Author: Daniel Michael Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)

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Category: Medical

Page: 231

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The Compatibility Gene takes readers on a global journey of discovery spanning 60 years, involving scores of scientists, and encompassing the history of transplants and immunology. That journey has revealed astonishing links between who we are as individuals and our never-ceasing struggle to survive disease. Most of the 25,000 genes we possess are the same for all of us. Compatibility genes are those that vary most from person to person and give each of us a unique molecular signature. These genes determine both the extent to which we are susceptible to a vast range of illnesses and the different ways each of us fights disease. In The Compatibility Gene, distinguished immunologist Daniel Davis draws on new research to suggest a number of even more fascinating-and controversial-conclusions about compatibility genes: that we find others more or less sexy according to their compatibility genes (dating services are starting to match people in this way); that the wiring between some neurons is kept or broken according to the activity of compatibility genes; and that compatibility genes influence the chances of a couple having a successful pregnancy. Profoundly personal, life-forming and life-changing decisions appear to be governed by the actions of a few inherited genes. Most importantly, Davis proposes that because we each respond slightly differently to any particular disease, in the not-too-distant future vaccines and other medications may be tailored to match our compatibility genes, a revolutionary breakthrough in the fight against disease. Including vivid portraits of the scientists who worked tirelessly to unlock the secrets of compatibility genes, as well as patients who survived disease due to lucky genetic inheritances, The Compatibility Gene explains an aspect of human biology that will undoubtedly have profound impacts on medical practice in the 21st Century.

The Compatibility Gene

Author: Daniel M Davis

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Science

Page: 256

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The Compatibility Gene is a scientific adventure story set in a new field of genetic discovery - that of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. Here, Daniel M Davis, one of the leading scientists in the field, tells us the story of its groundbreaking developments that have the potential to change us all We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. These few genes, argues Daniel M. Davis, hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease, how our brains are wired, how attractive we are, even how likely we are to reproduce. In The Compatibility Gene, one of our foremost immunologists tells the remarkable history of these genes' discovery and the unlocking of their secrets. From the British scientific pioneers who, during the Second World War, struggled to understand the mysteries of transplants and grafts, to the Swiss zoologist who devised an entirely new method of assessing potential couples' compatibility based on the smell of worn T-shirts, Davis traces what is nothing less than a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human body: a global adventure spanning some sixty years. Davis shows how the compatibility gene is radically transforming our knowledge of the way our bodies work - and is having profound consequences for medical research and ethics. Looking to the future, he considers the startling possibilities of what these wondrous discoveries might mean for you and me. Who am I? What makes me different from everyone else? Daniel Davis recounts the remarkable science that has answered one version of these questions. 'He makes immunology as fascinating to popular science readers as cosmology, consciousness, and evolution' Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature 'Davis weaves a warm biographical thread through his tale of scientific discovery, revealing the drive and passion of those in the vanguard of research ... unusual results, astonishing implications and ethical dilemmas' The Times 'Davis makes the twists and turns all count' Guardian 'A fascinating, expertly told story' Michael Brooks, New Statesman Daniel M. Davis is director of research at the University of Manchester's Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research and a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. He has published over 100 academic papers, including papers in Nature and Science, and Scientific American, and lectures all over the world, including at the Royal Institution. He has previously won the Oxford University Press Science Writing Prize, and has given numerous interviews for national and international media, including the Times, Guardian, Metro, and National Public Radio (USA). A major feature on his research was published in The Times. Experiments filmed in his laboratory were shown in the BBC series 'The History of Medicine' (2008). He also keenly engages in broad scientific affairs, recently publishing a view on UK science funding policies in Nature.

How to Be a Husband

Author: Tim Dowling

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

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Category: Humor

Page: 304

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The much-loved Guardian columnist asks what it takes to make a husband, and looks to his own married life to provide the answer.* *Anything resembling advice should be taken at reader’s own risk.

Genetische Grundlagen Physiologischer Vorgänge · Konstitution der Pflanzenzelle / Genetic Control of Physiological Processes · The Constitution of the Plant Cell

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Publisher: Springer-Verlag

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Category: Science

Page: 850

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Dem Handbuch der gesamten Pflanzenphysiologie, das mit dem vorliegenden ersten Band zu erscheinen beginnt, ist als einziger Vorläufer die klassische "Pflan zenphysiologie" WILHELM PFEFFERS vorausgegangen. In deren zwei Bänden "Stoffwechsel" und "Kraftwechsel", die 1897 und 1904 in Leipzig erschienen, bewältigte der Altmeister auf 1600 Seiten die gesamte Literatur, welche schon damals in großer Fülle vorlag. Diese Leistung muß selbst dann noch bewunderns wert erscheinen, wenn man absehen will von dem hohen Niveau kritischer Durch dringung und der Vielfalt eigener, neuer und fruchtbarer Gedanken, von welchen jede Seite des Werkes zeugt. Seither hat die Physiologie alle anderen Zweige der Botanik in immer wach sendem Tempo überflügelt und immer größere Anziehungskraft auf die Forscher ausgeübt. Ihr Streben, hinter die äußere, symptomatische Erscheinung der Dinge vorzudringen und die bewegenden Zusammenhänge zu suchen, hat ebensosehr unser allgemeines Verständnis für das pflanzliche Lebewesen erstaunlich vergrö ßert, wie es die Grundlage für erfolgreiches Voranschreiten der Land- und Forst wirtschaft, Pharmakologie, Pharmakognosie, Pathologie und anderer Zweige der angewandten Botanik gefestigt hat. Zur Entwicklung der physiologischen For schung haben freilich auch Chemie und Physik entscheidend beigetragen, indem sie neue Gesichtspunkte und Methoden zur vertieften Behandlung alter Probleme und zum Angriff auf immer neue Ziele darboten. Als zwangsläufige Folge dieser stürmischen Entwicklung mußte indessen auch eine ständig wachsende Spezialisierung der physiologischen Arbeitsbereiche in Kauf genommen werden. Heute vermag der einzelne Forscher kaum noch die Nachbargebiete des eigenen Betätigungsfeldes zu überschauen, niemand aber mehr das Ganze.

Hybrid Rice

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Hybrid Rice : 6-10 October 1986, Changsha, Hunan, China

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Publisher: Int. Rice Res. Inst.

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Category: Hybrid rice

Page: 305

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Advances in Hybrid Rice Technology

Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Hybrid Rice, 14-16 November 1996, Hyderabad, India

Author: Sant S. Virmani

Publisher: Int. Rice Res. Inst.

ISBN:

Category: Hybrid rice

Page: 443

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