"The Encyclopedia of Human Biology, Second Edition" provides complete coverage of the vast subject area of human biology - no other reference work available offers such a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the subject. Including more than 670 articles in 37 different biological fields, this fully revised edition features one of the most renowned editorial Advisory Boards ever assembled. The second edition offers more than 75 per cent new, updated, and revised content including approximately 150 new articles. In keeping with the first editions high standards, all articles have been subjected to rigorous peer review to ensure consistent presentation of the highest quality. Unlike other encyclopedias which use numerous fragmented entries to treat a subject, the encyclopedia examines each subject in individual, cohesive articles. Arranged alphabetically for easy access, each article - about ten pages in length-contains a brief outline, glossary of unusual terms, a short concise definition of the subject, an in-depth development of the topic, recent bibliography, extensive cross references to other articles in the encyclopedia, and tables and illustrations including more than 100 color plates. In this title, all articles from the first edition thoroughly reviewed and completely updated. Articles provide coverage of 37 different subject areas. This is a nine-volume set, including a separate index volume published simultaneously. It includes 673 full-length articles with cross references. Articles of this title are written by more than 700 eminent contributors from around the world. This title is edited by renowned Editorial Board including several Nobel Laureates. 5000 glossary entries explain key terms. There are further reading lists at the end of each entry, more than 4000 references in all. More than 3000 figures and tables complement the text, including more than 100 color plates. Entries are arranged alphabetically for easy access. More than 100 completely new topics added for this edition, including: AIDS, Infectious Complications, Cancer Prevention, Cell Cycle, Gene Targeting Techniques, Lyme Disease, In Vitro Fertilization, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Prions, Programmed Cell Death, and Tumor Suppressor Genes.
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PRAISE FOR THE SECOND EDITION: "The second edition is a spectacular achievement. Renato Dulbecco and a 64-member editorial advisory board have assembled a truly distinguished group of authors, among them 11 Nobel Prize winners, who have made the wonders of current human biology understandable to the layperson with an interest in science... Because it is comprehensive and extremely readable, the encyclopedia will be used to find specific information and for browsing... This encyclopedia should occupy a prominent place in college and university libraries, biomedical research institutes and well-equipped high schools." -AMERICAN SCIENTIST "The format and illustrations are excellent and encourage browsing; and the whole series has clearly been assembled with great labour and dedication." -NATURE "It is greatly expanded from the first edition... Teachers in areas covered by it would do well to familiarize themselves with the relevant articles, since they will certainly see much of the text again in student papers." -CHOICE "...this will be the centerpiece of any biology reference collection. The set features an amazing amount of complex information in human biology and biomedicine in 670 well-defined, clearly written articles. An excellent source for learning about cell and molecular biology and genetics and their fundamental place as the building blocks of human physiology." -LIBRARY JOURNAL PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: "With its clear organization, comprehensive and thorough coverage, reliable and coherent information, and easy-to-access format, this eight-volume reference on human biology is a unique and valuable addition to the scientific literature... Intended for a wide audience of scientists, researchers, undergraduates and graduate students, and even general readers with a background in science, this outstanding tool is highly recommended for all libraries..." -LIBRARY JOURNALAbout the Author:
Dr. Renato Dulbecco is President Emeritus and Distinguished Resident Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Known for his pioneering work in cancer-causing viruses, Dulbecco was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine/physiology in 1975. At the beginning of his career, Dulbecco devoted his work to the study of virology. During his early research, he developed what continues to be the most widely used technique for growing and maintaining cells in culture and for measuring the activity of animal viruses, such as poliovirus. Subsequently, Dulbecco, working with cancer-producing viruses, was able to show how genes of the virus interact with those of the host cell in tissue culture, which was a fundamental discovery in understanding the uncontrolled proliferation of cells in the cancer process. Dulbecco was born and educated in Italy, and he received his doctorate of medicine from the University Turin in 1936. He joined the Salk Institute as one of the original group of Fellows in 1963 and was associated with the Institute until 1972. From 1972 through 1977, Dulbecco was Deputy Director of the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratory in London. Since rejoining the Salk Institute in 1977, he has held the position of Distinguished Research Professor and Senior Clayton Foundation Investigator. In 1988 he was named President of the Salk Institute. Dulbecco's more recent research has involved the study of the origin of breast cancer. He has studied the various cell types that comprise breast tissue, a necessary first step in the process of understanding how some cells undergo transformation and become malignant. Dulbecco has used monoclonal antibody techniques to study breast cancer in laboratory animals and in humans, with the objective of developing new and reliable means of classifying cells in the breast, and identifying those that may be susceptible to carcinogenic agents. Some of the antibodies he produced have been studied for clinical
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