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G fain sensory transduction sinauer associates 2003

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G. Fain, Sensory Transduction , Sinauer Associates, 2003. Fain’s book covers one of my favorite topics, namely, how organisms take external stimuli and do something with it. Two related books that will touch on the processing of information are G. Matthews, Cellular Physiology of Nerve and Muscle and M. Blaustein, J. Kao and D. Matteson, Cellular Physiology . A. Lesk, Introduction to Bioinformatics , Oxford University Press, 2002. I find this to be the most amusing and thoughtful book on bioinformatics that I know of. I enjoy his exercises which lead us to consider differences between wooly mammoths and elephants, etc. A. Y. Grosberg and A. R. Khokhlov, Statistical Physics of Macromolecules , AIP Press, 1994. I find this to be a fantastic book, full of interesting insights into the ways in which polymer physics can be used to explore problems of 7
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biological interest. S. Vogel, Life in Moving Fluids , Princeton University Press, 1994. I love this book and although it is not centrally related to the present course, I couldn’t resist recommending it. In addition, Vogel has recently made a synthesis of his thinking on the mechanics of life in his Comparative Biomechanics , Princeton University Press, 2003. I have yet to spend enough time with this book, but my general impression is that Vogel has the Midas touch so it is likely destined to become a classic. J. M. Berg, J. L. Tymoczko and L. Stryer, Biochemistry , W. H. Freeman and Company, 2002. There are a host of interesting books on biochemistry (I also very much like this books main competitor - Lehninger) and my hope is that you will overcome any distaste you might have for the mindless memorization that seems to dictate the pedagogy that many of us have been exposed to and be open to the many beautiful problems in this area. I. M. Klotz, Ligand-Receptor Energetics , John Wiley and Sons, 1997 and In- troduction to Biomolecular Energetics , Academic Press, 1986. Like Ptashne, Klotz brings personality, originality and clarity to his books and I admire that enormously. I have spent much time with the first of these two books since Klotz works very hard to teach us how to think about molecules in in- teraction, and as he points out in the preface, it is only when viewed through the prism of their interactions that molecules are of interest to life. J. D. Watson, T. A. Baker, S. P. Bell, A. Gann, M. Levine and R. Losick, Molecular Biology of the Gene , Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2004. I find this book to be both brilliantly and beautifully executed. Chap. 16 on gene regulation in prokaryotes is a pleasure to behold and I also enjoyed reading chap.12 on the apparatus of transcription. B. Lewin, Genes VII , Oxford University Press, 2000. I have enjoyed dipping into this book now and again for insights into genes and their action. 8
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E. Bier, The Coiled Spring: How Life Begins , Cold Spring Harbor Labora- tory Press, 2000. I really enjoyed reading this book on developmental biology - this is a fascinating area full of beautiful problems. The idea being explored is that all animals have more or less the same genes and yet they turn out very differently. We turn out so differently because different decisions are made about when and where to turn these genes on.
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