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Innovation in Cultural SystemsContributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Michael J. O'Brien and Stephen J. Shennan (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013338
eISBN:
9780262259101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

In recent years an interest in applying the principles of evolution to the study of culture emerged in the social sciences. Archaeologists and anthropologists reconsidered the role of innovation in ... More

The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015240
eISBN:
9780262295703
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015240.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The “transitions” that Maynard Smith and Szathmáry chose to describe all ... More

Naked GenesReinventing the Human in the Molecular Age

Naked Genes: Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age

Helga Nowotny and Giuseppe Testa

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262014939
eISBN:
9780262295802
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014939.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This book charts the mutual reconfiguration between scientific and social innovations in and around the molecular life sciences. Today’s biology is making visible what was once invisible. It parses ... More

The Processes of LifeAn Introduction to Molecular Biology

The Processes of Life: An Introduction to Molecular Biology

Lawrence E. Hunter

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013055
eISBN:
9780262255288
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013055.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biochemistry / Molecular Biology

Recent research in molecular biology has produced a remarkably detailed understanding of how living things operate. Becoming conversant with the intricacies of molecular biology and its extensive ... More

ProtocellsBridging Nonliving and Living Matter

Protocells: Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter

Steen Rasmussen, Mark A. Bedau, Liaohai Chen, David Deamer, David C. Krakauer, Norman H. Packard, and Peter F. Stadler (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262182683
eISBN:
9780262282093
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262182683.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

This book offers a comprehensive resource on current attempts to create simple forms of life from scratch in the laboratory. These minimal versions of cells, known as protocells, are entities with ... More

Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter WordSetting Limits on Healthcare

Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Setting Limits on Healthcare

Philip M. Rosoff

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027496
eISBN:
9780262320764
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027496.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

The healthcare system in the United States is the most expensive in the industrialized world, yet delivers very mediocre outcomes in such measures as equity, infant mortality, and longevity. In ... More

Reframing RightsBioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age

Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age

Sheila Jasanoff (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015950
eISBN:
9780262298667
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015950.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

Legal texts have been with us since the dawn of human history. Beginning in 1953, life too became textual. The discovery of the structure of DNA made it possible to represent the basic matter of life ... More

Research Misconduct Policy in BiomedicineBeyond the Bad-Apple Approach

Research Misconduct Policy in Biomedicine: Beyond the Bad-Apple Approach

Barbara K. Redman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019811
eISBN:
9780262317757
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019811.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

Federal regulations that govern research misconduct in biomedicine have not prevented ongoing high-profile cases of fabrication, falsification or plagiarizing (FFP) in scientific research. Current ... More

Science in DemocracyExpertise, Institutions, and Representation

Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation

Mark B. Brown

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013246
eISBN:
9780262258647
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013246.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Public controversies over issues ranging from global warming to biotechnology have politicized scientific expertise and research. Some respond with calls to restore a golden age of value-free ... More

Synthetic Biology and MoralityArtificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019392
eISBN:
9780262314961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

Synthetic biology, which aims to design and build organisms that serve human needs, has potential applications that range from producing biofuels to programming human behavior. The emergence of this ... More

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