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  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-303956-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-303956-6

3 books illuminate the cutting edge medical research that could save your life

Right now, science is transforming what we know about preserving and improving human health. These three extraordinary books take you to the cutting edge of emerging science, presenting new findings that might someday save your life. In Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis, Karl S. Drlica and David S. Perlin presents a thorough and authoritative overview of the growing resistance of pathogenic bacteria to antibiotics, and what this means to our ability to control and treat infectious diseases. The authors answer crucial questions such as: What is resistance? How does it emerge? How do common human activities promote resistance? What can we do about it? How can we strengthen our defenses against resistance, minimize our risks, extend the effectiveness of current antibiotics, and find new ones faster? Next, in Chips, Clones, and Living Beyond 100: How Far Will the Biosciences Take Us?, Paul and Joyce A. Schoemaker tour the remarkable field of biosciences as it stands today, and preview the directions and innovations that are most likely to emerge in the coming years. They offer a clear, non-technical overview of crucial current developments that are likely to have enormous impact, addressing issues ranging from increased human longevity to global warming, bio-warfare to personalized medicine. Along the way, they illuminate each of the exciting technologies and hot-button issues associated with contemporary biotechnology - including stem cells, cloning, probiotics, DNA microarrays, proteomics, gene therapy, and more. Finally, in It Takes a Genome, Greg Gibson posits a revolutionary new hypothesis: our genome is out of equilibrium, both with itself and its environment. Our bodies weren’t designed to subsist on fat and sugary foods; our immune systems aren’t designed for today’s clean, bland environments; our minds aren’t designed to process hard-edged, artificial electronic inputs from dawn ‘til midnight. That, says Gibson, is why so many of us suffer from chronic diseases that barely touched our ancestors. Gibson reveals the stunningly complex ways genes cooperate and interact; illuminates the genetic “mismatches” that lead to cancer, diabetes, inflammatory and infectious diseases, AIDS, depression, and senility; and considers surprising new evidence for genetic variations in human psychology.

From world-renowned leaders and experts, including Karl S. Drlica, David S. Perlin, Paul J. H. Schoemaker, Joyce A. Schoemaker, and Greg Gibson

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Table of Contents

Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis

Preface     xv

Chapter 1  Introduction to the Resistance Problem     1

Chapter 2  Working with Pathogens     17

Chapter 3  A Survey of Antibiotics     31

Chapter 4  Dosing to Cure     55

Chapter 5  Emergence of Resistance     73

Chapter 6  Movement of Resistance Genes Among Pathogens     91

Chapter 7  Transmission of Resistant Disease     105

Chapter 8  Surveillance     125

Chapter 9  Making New Antibiotics     139

Chapter 10  Restricting Antibiotic Use and Optimizing Dosing     149

Chapter 11  Influenza and Antibiotic Resistance     167

Chapter 12  Avoiding Resistant Pathogens     177

Afterword A  Course of Action     203

Appendix A  Molecules of Life     207

Appendix B  Microbial Life Forms     221

Glossary     227

Literature Cited     233

Index     251

Chips, Clones, and Living Beyond 100: How Far Will the Biosciences Take Us?

Foreword xii

Preface xiv

Chapter 1  Living well beyond 100   1

Chapter 2  A short history of biomedicine   21

Chapter 3  Snapshot of the biosciences   35

Chapter 4  Bio-driven convergence   57

Chapter 5  The business of biomedicine   79

Chapter 6  Healthcare under stress   101

Chapter 7  Wildcards for the future   125

Chapter 8  Scenarios up to 2025   143

Chapter 9  What it all means   163

Appendix A  DNA, RNA, and protein   177

Appendix B  Cloning genes   183

Appendix C  Complexity of the genome   187

Glossary of Biomedical Terms   191

Acknowledgments   199

About the Authors   201

Index   203

It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick

Preface: How a genetic culture clash with modern life is making us sick     ix

Chapter 1: The adolescent genome     1

Chapter 2: Breast cancer’s broken genes     19

Chapter 3: Not so thrifty diabetes genes     41

Chapter 4: Unhealthy hygiene     65

Chapter 5: Genetic AIDS     85

Chapter 6: Generating depression     99

Chapter 7: The alzheimer’s generation     121

Chapter 8: Genetic normality     135

Endnotes     151

About the author     175

Index     177


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