Living in Scotland

Living in Scotland

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The year 2003 marked the fiftieth anniversary of James Watson's and Francis Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, which began a revolution in the biological sciences and radically altered the way humans view life and themselves. In this poetic account Erwin Fleissner, an eminent cancer researcher and teacher, offers a personal and professional reflection on the most significant developments in molecular genetics and cell biology over the past fifty years. Vital Harmonies is a sweeping look at these crucial scientific advances and an insider's perspective on what scientists have actually learned from them. Contrasting the humanistic side of scientific research with more deterministic or qmechanicalq explanations of life processes, Fleissner discusses everything from natural selection to the tradition of rational inquiry stemming from the Enlightenment. He goes on to describe the structures of macromolecules and their qorganizingq principles as well as cancer genes, stem cells, and the Human Genome Project. He also explores neuronal cells and the emergence of consciousness and how biological evolution is the foundation of our personal reality as well as our global responsibility. Fleissner asserts that scientific investigations cannot negate our essential qhumannessq nor should the public fear them. Taking an optimistic perspective, he argues that a deeper knowledge of ourselves as biological entities will provide us, ultimately, with greater health, serenity, and self-knowledge. Vital Harmonies gives readers, whatever their background, an engaging analysis of some of the most important questions facing humanity today.... 255 242 11 intermediate non-manual 23.5 20.8 Sample size 1024 1334 Illnm skilled non-manual 25.9 23.4 Sample size 419 1033 ... 27 27 26 27 Sample size 240 1336 1034 1093 814 368 5092 1. a#39;Higha#39; is 30 minutes or more moderatea#39;plus activity on at least five days per week; a#39;Mediuma#39; is 30 minutes or more on one toanbsp;...

Title:Living in Scotland
Author:Lindsay Paterson, Frank Bechhofer, David McCrone
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press - 2004


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