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Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees
Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Animal life, now and over the past half billion years, is incredibly diverse. Describing and understanding the evolution of this diversity of body plans - from vertebrates such as humans and fish to the numerous invertebrate groups including sponges, insects, molluscs, and the many groups of worms - is a major goal of evolutionary biology. In...

Epigenetics
Epigenetics

The regulation of gene expression in many biological processes involves epigenetic mechanisms. In this new volume, 24 chapters written by experts in the field discuss epigenetic effects from many perspectives. There are chapters on the basic molecular mechanisms underpinning epigenetic regulation, discussion of cellular processes that rely on...

Dipeptidyl Aminopeptidases: Basic Science and Clinical Applications (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)
Dipeptidyl Aminopeptidases: Basic Science and Clinical Applications (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)
DPP IV has been attributed a large array of functions, some of which are mediated by its exopeptidase activity. Although it only removes two amino acid residues at the N-terminus of the peptide, this cleavage can inactivate or modify the activity of regulatory peptides, peptide hormones, chemokines and neuropeptides. Several...
Digital Character Development: Theory and Practice
Digital Character Development: Theory and Practice
Digital characters are a driving force in the entertainment industry today. Every animated film and video game production spends a large percentage of its resources and time on advancing the quality of the digital characters inhabiting the world that they are creating. We have entered an era when digital characters have reached a level of...
Wonder World Under Water
Wonder World Under Water
Nearly three-quarters of our earth is covered by water. Yet we, living on land, usually know more about land creatures than our aquatic denizens. We have many kinds of watery environments, from the fast, clear, cold streams of the Himalaya to the placid rivers of the plains, and natural as well as man-made lakes and ponds. Moreover, we have a long...
Collecting Nature (Collecting Histories)
Collecting Nature (Collecting Histories)

Nature can be collected in many forms and shapes: live animals have been locked up in cages, displayed in zoos and menageries, and their hides and dried body parts were used as part of the set-up in galleries and studies. Plants from far-away countries have been cultivated in botanical gardens and in hothouses. Even the depiction of medicinal...

FarmVille For Dummies
FarmVille For Dummies

If you’re already on Facebook, you’ve probably received dozens of invitations to play FarmVille from some of the game’s more than 50 million active players, complete with cryptic messages about sharing carrots; adopting lost, lonely animals; and hatching golden Mystery Eggs. Even if you aren’t on Facebook,...

Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them
Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them

"In a clear, engaging style, Dr. Walters tells the tale of each disease like a detective story. He allows each mystery to unfold as it did in reality, often slowly, through the lives of the plants and animals involved, the first human victims, the government officials who tried to respond, and the scientists who ultimately explained what...

Fluid Volume Monitoring with Glucose Dilution
Fluid Volume Monitoring with Glucose Dilution
Academic medicine can be very satisfying. I am pleased when I see one of my residents takes excellent care of a seriously injured patient. I am pleased when a junior member of the faculty publishes a really good paper. I am pleased when the program attracts an especially good group of residents. Sources of satisfaction can be...
Artificial Life and Virtual Reality
Artificial Life and Virtual Reality
Artificial life refers to all the methods that try to recreate living organisms and creatures by computers. Virtual reality is the immersion of human beings in virtual worlds. This landmark book demonstrates artificial life in virtual reality. It introduces new concepts such as artificial consciousness, presence, autonomy and perception. Includes...
The Medicine Bag: Shamanic Rituals & Ceremonies for Personal Transformation
The Medicine Bag: Shamanic Rituals & Ceremonies for Personal Transformation
One of the main tenets of shamanism is a belief in the power of ceremony to manifest change in the physical world. Virtually all shamanic traditions use a variety of ritual practices as tools for personal transformation, healing, and celebration.

Now, in this exciting and practical book, Toltec shaman and New York
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Handbook of Behavior Genetics
Handbook of Behavior Genetics

Behavior Genetics is an interdisciplinary area combining behavioral sciences and genetics.  The study of behavior genetics has become increasingly important as we see growth spurts in finding genes involved in complex behaviors following on advances in molecular genetic techniques. This domain has now become a vast common ground for...

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