How We Live and Why We Die by Lewis Wolpert
The Secret Lives of Cells

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Biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component—the cell.

Everything about our existence—movement and memory, imagination and reproduction, birth and, ultimately, death—is governed by our cells. They are the basis of all life in the universe, from the tiniest bacteria to the most complex animals. In the tradition of the classic Lives of a Cell, but with the benefit of the latest research, internationally acclaimed embryologist Lewis Wolpert demonstrates how human life derives from a single cell and then grows into a body, an incredibly complex society made up of billions of them. When we age, our cells cannot repair the damage they have undergone; when we get ill, it is because cells are so damaged they stop working and die. Wolpert examines the science behind topics that are much discussed but rarely understood—stem cell research, cloning, DNA, mutating cancer cells—and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, this is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and life itself.
 

About Lewis Wolpert

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Lewis Wolpert is Professor Emeritus of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London. His books include Six Impossible Things before Breakfast , How We Live and Why We Die , and Malignant Sadness , the basis for a BBC television series.
 
Published April 2, 2009 by Faber & Faber. 256 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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The author reviews cell replication and protein synthesis and describes the behavior of nerve, muscle, immune and other body cells.

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We live because one cell, the embryo, divided itself, we get ill because cells mutate or cease to function properly, we die because cells wear out once they have done their job passing genes to the next generation.

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By taking an all-inclusive look at human cells, Wolpert offers a portrait of their seemingly chaotic workings—how cells use checkpoints, backup systems and clever defenses to keep people alive.

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Wolpert is an enthusiastic fan of cells and their roles in life, stating that he "will attempt to unravel the mystery, power, and above all the sheer cleverness of our society of cells" (p.

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