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Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech (Synthesis)

Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech (Synthesis) Lowest new price: $10.85
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Author: Sally Smith Hughes
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In the fall of 1980, Genentech, Inc., a little-known California genetic engineering company, became the overnight darling of Wall Street, raising over $38 million in its initial public stock offering. Lacking marketed products or substantial profit, the firm nonetheless saw its share price escalate from $35 to $89 in the first few minutes of trading, at that point the largest gain in stock market history. Coming at a time of economic recession and declining technological competitiveness in the United States, the event provoked banner headlines and ignited a period of speculative frenzy over biotechnology as a revolutionary means for creating new and better kinds of pharmaceuticals, untold profit, and a possible solution to national economic malaise.
 
Drawing from an unparalleled collection of interviews with early biotech players, Sally Smith Hughes offers the first book-length history of this pioneering company, depicting Genentech’s improbable creation, precarious youth, and ascent to immense prosperity. Hughes provides intimate portraits of the people significant to Genentech’s science and business, including cofounders Herbert Boyer and Robert Swanson, and in doing so sheds new light on how personality affects the growth of science. By placing Genentech’s founders, followers, opponents, victims, and beneficiaries in context, Hughes also demonstrates how science interacts with commercial and legal interests and university research, and with government regulation, venture capital, and commercial profits.
 
Integrating the scientific, the corporate, the contextual, and the personal, Genentech tells the story of biotechnology as it is not often told, as a risky and improbable entrepreneurial venture that had to overcome a number of powerful forces working against it.  

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Mathematics for the Life Sciences

Mathematics for the Life Sciences Lowest new price: $48.18
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Author: Erin N. Bodine
Brand: Princeton University Press

The life sciences deal with a vast array of problems at different spatial, temporal, and organizational scales. The mathematics necessary to describe, model, and analyze these problems is similarly diverse, incorporating quantitative techniques that are rarely taught in standard undergraduate courses. This textbook provides an accessible introduction to these critical mathematical concepts, linking them to biological observation and theory while also presenting the computational tools needed to address problems not readily investigated using mathematics alone.

Proven in the classroom and requiring only a background in high school math, Mathematics for the Life Sciences doesn't just focus on calculus as do most other textbooks on the subject. It covers deterministic methods and those that incorporate uncertainty, problems in discrete and continuous time, probability, graphing and data analysis, matrix modeling, difference equations, differential equations, and much more. The book uses MATLAB throughout, explaining how to use it, write code, and connect models to data in examples chosen from across the life sciences.

  • Provides undergraduate life science students with a succinct overview of major mathematical concepts that are essential for modern biology
  • Covers all the major quantitative concepts that national reports have identified as the ideal components of an entry-level course for life science students
  • Provides good background for the MCAT, which now includes data-based and statistical reasoning
  • Explicitly links data and math modeling
  • Includes end-of-chapter homework problems, end-of-unit student projects, and select answers to homework problems
  • Uses MATLAB throughout, and MATLAB m-files with an R supplement are available online
  • Prepares students to read with comprehension the growing quantitative literature across the life sciences
  • A solutions manual for professors and an illustration package is available

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Awakenings

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Author: Oliver Sacks
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Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.

It hardly seems fair that so many great doctors are also great writers. Perhaps it's qualities like sensitivity, craft, and dedication that keep physicians like Oliver Sacks in hospitals all day and at writing desks all night; if nothing else, these qualities shine in books like Awakenings. This powerful set of case histories rises above its pathological foundation to find new literary territory, a medical-spiritual synthesis equally stimulating for the mind and the soul. It's no wonder Hollywood producers chose to turn it into a feature film--anyone can see the universal human struggle against bondage and despair in these pages.

The sleeping-sickness epidemic of 1918 caused hundreds of survivors to slip into a bizarre rigid paralysis with similarities to advanced Parkinson's disease. These patients, only occasionally able to communicate or move, were nearly all institutionalized for life, their ranks increasing every now and then with similarly afflicted men and women. Sacks came to work at a long-term care facility shortly before the first exciting results with L-dopa and Parkinson's in the late 1960s; his patients soon embarked on dramatic, difficult recoveries from up to 50 years of torpor. He documents their spiritual and medical obstacles with great care to portray their individual personalities, long suppressed but finally released. Though many great doctors are also great writers, few can compare with Oliver Sacks for expressing the relation of medicine to the human spirit. --Rob Lightner

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Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction

Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction Lowest new price: $116.72
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Author: Malcolm P. Stevens
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Now updated to incorporate recent developments in the field, the third edition of this successful text offers an excellent introduction to polymer chemistry. Ideal for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and industrial chemists who work with polymers, it is the only current polymer textbook that discusses polymer types according to functional groups. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the chemistry of macromolecular substances, with particular emphasis on polymers that are important commercially and the properties that make them important. Major topics include polymer synthesis and nomenclature; molecular weight and molecular weight distribution; reactions of polymers; recycling of polymers; methods used for characterizing and testing polymers; morphology; stereoregular polymers; polymer blends; step-growth, chain-growth, and ring-opening polymerization; commercially important addition and condensation polymers; and heterocyclic, inorganic, and natural polymers. Review exercises, many including journal references, are provided to help lead students into the polymer literature.
Polymer Chemistry, 3/e, offers the most up-to-date treatment available of new developments in this rapidly changing field. It covers dendritic and hyperbranched polymers, olefin polymerization using metallocene catalysts, living free radical polymerization, biodegradable bacterial polyesters, mass spectrometric methods for determining molecular weights of polymers, atomic force microscopy for characterizing polymer surfaces, and polymers exhibiting nonlinear optical properties.

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Biotechnology Demystified

Biotechnology Demystified Lowest new price: $8.61
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Author: Sharon Walker
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This self-teaching guide explains the basic concepts and fundamentals in all the major subtopics of biotechnology. The content advances logically from the basics of molecular and cellular biology to more complex topics such as DNA, reproductive cloning, experimental procedures, infectious diseases, immunology, the Human Genome Project, new drug discoveries, and genetic disorders.

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Bioprocess Engineering Principles

Bioprocess Engineering Principles Lowest new price: $82.61
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Author: Pauline M. Doran Ph.D.
Brand: Academic Press

This welcome new edition discusses bioprocess engineering from the perspective of biology students. It includes a great deal of new material and has been extensively revised and expanded. These updates strengthen the book and maintain its position as the book of choice for senior undergraduates and graduates seeking to move from biochemistry/microbiology/molecular biology to bioprocess engineering.

  • All chapters thoroughly revised for current developments, with over 200 pgs of new material, including significant new content in: Metabolic Engineering, Sustainable Bioprocessing, Membrane Filtration, Turbulence and Impeller Design, Downstream Processing, Oxygen Transfer Systems
  • Over 150 new problems and worked examples
  • More than 100 new illustrations

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The BioTech Primer

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Author: BioTech Primer Inc.

THE BIOTECH PRIMER takes an in-depth look at the biotech industry, and in particular, the science that drives it. From cell structure to protein structure; gene expression to genetic variation and genetic engineering; the human immune response to the production of antibodies for biotech application; and finally drug discovery, drug development, and biomanufacturing—we discuss the key concepts and technologies that impact current biotechnology developments. This book will support your growth as a biotechnology professional. Although the industry itself is constantly changing, these fundamental concepts upon which it is built will remain important for years to come—and decision-makers who understand these fundamentals will be better able to evaluate and predict new trends. More than anything else, we hope that your understanding of the science behind biotechnology will serve to increase your enthusiasm for this exciting and truly life-changing industry. The future is here—be a part of it.

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Medical Device Technologies: A Systems Based Overview Using Engineering Standards (Academic Press Series in Biomedical Engineering)

Medical Device Technologies: A Systems Based Overview Using Engineering Standards (Academic Press Series in Biomedical Engineering) Lowest new price: $59.00
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Author: Gail Baura
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Medical Device Technologies introduces undergraduate engineering students to commonly manufactured medical devices. It is the first textbook that discusses both electrical and mechanical medical devices.

The first 20 chapters are medical device technology chapters; the remaining eight chapters focus on medical device laboratory experiments. Each medical device chapter begins with an exposition of appropriate physiology, mathematical modeling or biocompatibility issues, and clinical need. A device system description and system diagram provide details on technology function and administration of diagnosis and/or therapy. The systems approach lets students quickly identify the relationships between devices.

Device key features are based on five applicable consensus standard requirements from organizations such as ISO and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

  • The medical devices discussed are Nobel Prize or Lasker Clinical Prize winners, vital signs devices, and devices in high industry growth areas
  • Three significant Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall case studies which have impacted FDA medical device regulation are included in appropriate device chapters
  • Exercises at the end of each chapter include traditional homework problems, analysis exercises, and four questions from assigned primary literature
  • Eight laboratory experiments are detailed that provide hands-on reinforcement of device concepts

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Circuits, Signals and Systems for Bioengineers: A MATLAB-Based Introduction (Biomedical Engineering)

Circuits, Signals and Systems for Bioengineers: A MATLAB-Based Introduction (Biomedical Engineering) Lowest new price: $116.00
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Author: John Semmlow

Circuits, Signals and Systems for Bioengineers: A MATLAB-Based Introduction, Third Edition, guides the reader through the electrical engineering principles that can be applied to biological systems. It details the basic engineering concepts that underlie biomedical systems, medical devices, biocontrol and biomedical signal analysis, providing a solid foundation for students in important bioengineering concepts.

Fully revised and updated to better meet the needs of instructors and students, the third edition introduces and develops concepts through computational methods that allow students to explore operations, such as correlations, convolution, the Fourier transform and the transfer function. New chapters have been added on image analysis, noise, stochastic processes and ergodicity, and new medical examples and applications are included throughout the text.

  • Covers current applications in biocontrol, with examples from physiological systems modeling, such as the respiratory system
  • Includes revised material throughout, with improved clarity of presentation and more biological, physiological and medical examples and applications
  • Includes a new chapter on noise, stochastic processes, non-stationary and ergodicity
  • Includes a separate new chapter featuring expanded coverage of image analysis
  • Includes support materials, such as solutions, lecture slides, MATLAB data and functions needed to solve the problems

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Applied Animal Reproduction (6th Edition)

Applied Animal Reproduction (6th Edition) Lowest new price: $158.41
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Author: H. Joe Bearden Emeritus

Comprehensive, up-to-date, and readable, this book offers unique coverage of both basic physiology as related to reproduction AND the application of physiology to the management of reproduction in livestock species. A five-part presentation covers anatomy, function, and regulation; reproductive processes; artificial insemination; management for improved reproduction; and causes of reproductive failure. For animal scientists, reproductive psychologists, animal caretakers, and herd managers.

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