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Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers to the origins of humankind. After a century of investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life.
This book covers basic human genetics, details the techniques available for disease diagnosis and how these are used in the lab, before concluding with information on prenatal diagnosis, genetic counselling and ethics. This is the ideal handbook for biomedical science students and anyone working in a diagnostic genetics lab.
Graphs, networks and agent-based modeling are the most thriving and attracting sciences used in ecology and environmental sciences. This book offers a comprehensive treatment of the subject in the areas of ecology and environmental sciences. It also includes Java codes and a standalone software package.
Discusses the phenomenon of life, including its origin and evolution, against the background of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory. This second edition offers results based on reports of important new research in several areas, including fresh studies of the human mitochondrial and Y-chromosomal DNA.
Provides a scientific treatment of the disciplines of personal genomics and personalized medicine. This book includes a comprehensive treatment of both the promises and challenges of personal genomics and medicine from technological, societal and medical perspectives. It is suitable for practicing health professionals and researchers.
Highly readable and accessible, this book describes how research in cognitive science is transforming the way scientists and clinicians think about abnormal behavior. Bruce Pennington draws on work from multiple disciplines to identify compelling links among psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurological disorders that are not generally studied together. Presenting cutting-edge work on the brain systems involved in key domains of neuropsychological functioning, Pennington sheds light on acquired neurological disorders like aphasia and amnesia, as well as the development of such conditions as schizophrenia, depression, dyslexia, autism, and intellectual disability. The book also reveals how the analysis of both typical and atypical brain-behavior relationships can contribute to a neural explanation of the self and consciousness.
This popular textbook has been completely revised and updated to provide a comprehensive overview and to reflect key developments in this rapidly expanding area.
Demonstrates the special position Africa occupies in the evolution and creative development of humankind. Written by a team of international scholars under the editorship of Geoff Blundell, this book is intended for those interested in the African origins and evolution of the human race.
Why are people getting fatter? Why do so many rock stars end up dead at 27? Is there any hope of curbing population growth, rampant consumerism and the environmental devastation they wreak?
In Greek mythology, the chimera was a hybrid monster. Similarly, bats look like they have the body of a mouse, the face of a gargoyle, and the wings of a pterosaur, giving rise to this bookÆs title. EvolutionÆs Chimera describes the amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of bats, using them to illustrate the processes of natural evolution.
This readable, yet thought-provoking book, will give anyone interested in evolution and the future of Homo sapiens much new material to consider.