Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 394 pages
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As dramatic as The Double Hex and as absorbing as The Soul of a New Machine, Natural Obsessions explores the advanced reaches of molecular biology, the nature of the human cell, and the genes that control cancer. It unforgettably portrays some of the best young scientists in the world, the rewards and discouragements of scientific research, and the very process of scientific inquiry.

 

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This book takes a behind the scenes, or rather behind the benches, look at cancer research labs in the 1980's in the race to discover and understand oncogenes - genes that cause cancer. Laced with ... Read full review

Contents

Building Blocks
1
The Optimist
11
The Family
44
The Blackest Magic
70
Pyrrhic Victories
96
No Reason to Stay in Science
117
Cooperation and Collapse
141
Desert Days
170
Something Borrowed Something Blue
237
The Alternate Pathway
269
Pink Cadillac
304
Superfecta Key
324
Through the Looking Glass and What May Be Found There
348
Epilogue
368
Major Publications Cited in the Text
375
Index
377

Down the Garden Pathway
203

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About the author (1999)

Natale Angier is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to many magazines. Her honors include the Lewis Thomas Award and the AAAS Science Journalism Award. Her books include Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell and The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views on the Nature of Life. She lives near Washington D.C.

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