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The Resource Embryos under the microscope : the diverging meanings of life, Jane Maienschein

Embryos under the microscope : the diverging meanings of life, Jane Maienschein

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Embryos under the microscope : the diverging meanings of life
Title
Embryos under the microscope
Title remainder
the diverging meanings of life
Statement of responsibility
Jane Maienschein
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Too tiny to see with the naked eye, the human embryo was just a hypothesis until the microscope made observation of embryonic development possible. This changed forever our view of the minuscule cluster of cells that looms large in questions about the meaning of life. This book examines how our scientific understanding of the embryo has evolved from the earliest speculations of natural philosophers to today's biological engineering, with its many prospects for life-enhancing therapies. Jane Maienschein shows that research on embryos has always revealed possibilities that appear promising to some but deeply frightening to others, and she makes a persuasive case that public understanding must be informed by up-to-date scientific findings. Direct observation of embryos greatly expanded knowledge but also led to disagreements over what investigators were seeing. Biologists confirmed that embryos are living organisms undergoing rapid change and are not in any sense functioning persons. They do not feel pain or have any capacity to think until very late stages of fetal development. New information about DNA led to discoveries about embryonic regulation of genetic inheritance, as well as evolutionary relationships among species. Scientists have learned how to manipulate embryos in the lab, taking them apart, reconstructing them, and even synthesizing - practically from scratch - cells, body parts, and maybe someday entire embryos. Showing how we have learned what we now know about the biology of embryos, Maienschein changes our view of what it means to be alive
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Maienschein, Jane
Dewey number
612.6/4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
QM603
LC item number
.M35 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
QS 620
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Embryology, Human
  • Human embryo
  • Developmental biology
  • Embryo Research
  • MEDICAL
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Developmental biology
  • Embryology, Human
  • Human embryo
Label
Embryos under the microscope : the diverging meanings of life, Jane Maienschein
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Recurring questions, seeing and believing -- Hypothetical and observed embryos with microscopes at work -- Experimental embryos in the laboratory -- Inherited, evolved, and computed embryos -- The visible human embryo -- The idea of engineered and constructed embryos -- Constructing embryos for society, stem cells in action -- Constraints and opportunities for construction -- Therefore ..
Control code
879576109
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 336 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674369726
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
  • 10.4159/9780674369726
  • 40023616750
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt6mc068
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)879576109
Label
Embryos under the microscope : the diverging meanings of life, Jane Maienschein
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Recurring questions, seeing and believing -- Hypothetical and observed embryos with microscopes at work -- Experimental embryos in the laboratory -- Inherited, evolved, and computed embryos -- The visible human embryo -- The idea of engineered and constructed embryos -- Constructing embryos for society, stem cells in action -- Constraints and opportunities for construction -- Therefore ..
Control code
879576109
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 336 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674369726
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
  • 10.4159/9780674369726
  • 40023616750
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt6mc068
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)879576109

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