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Life Itself


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1. A Particle of Life ; 2. Molecular Motors ; 3. Animation ; 4. The Living-Room Cell ; 5. How Genes Work ; 6. One Life Becomes Two ; 7. Two lives Become One ; 8. Constructing a Person ; 9. Pumping Protein ; 10. Heal Thyself ; 11. In Self-Defense ; 12. Revolution ; 13. The Immortality Within

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Boyce Rensberger has been a science writer and science editor for more than 30 years, including long stints at the New York Times and the Washington Post. He now directs the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Life Itself is a wonderfully readable digest of everything currently known about the mechanisms by which living cells perform their myriad tasks. The New York Times Book Review An elegant, authoritative, yet felicitously written book that will appeal to anyone who is interested in how cells work...a compelling portrait of terrestrial life in its many guises. New Scientist

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