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Planéta vírusov - Fakty a strhujúce súvislosti zo sveta virológie


Boli tu pred nami, sú tu s nami a budú tu, aj keď my nebudeme... vírusy. Slovo, ktorého význam sa definitívne ustálil až s vedeckým napredovaním modernej doby, označujúci látku, o ktorej existencii sa vedelo už v dávnej histórii bez toho, že by ju niekto videl. Jej zničujúce dôsledky nikto nebral na ľahkú váhu, ale tohto nepriateľa umožnilo zazrieť až objavenie a skonštruovanie elektrónového mikroskopu. A odvtedy sú vírusy neutíchajúcim zdrojom tých najneočakávanejších prekvapení. Aj pre vedcov.

Na sklade
13,90 €

Lifes Edge


We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world - from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses - the harder they find it to define exactly what it is and what it isn't.

What is life? In this riveting and thought-provoking book, Carl Zimmer explores the question by journeying to the edges of life in every direction, from viruses to computer intelligence, from its origins on earth to the search for extra-terrestrial life and the strange experiments that have attempted to recreate life from scratch in the lab. The question is not only a scientific issue; it hangs over some of society's most charged conflicts - whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead.

Whether he is handling pythons or searching for hibernating bats, Zimmer investigates life in its most unfamiliar forms. He tries his own hand at evolving life in a test tube with unnerving results, explores our cultural obsession with Dr. Frankestein's monster and how Coleridge came to believe the whole universe was alive. The result is an entirely gripping exploration of one of the most crucial questions of all: the meaning of life.
U dodávateľa
19,95 €

Vládce parazit


Celá staletí byli paraziti většinou jen součástí našich úděsných snů, hororových vyprávění a temných zákoutí vědy. Teprve Carl Zimmer, autor oceněný řadou cen, podnikl fantastickou cestu do tajemného světa parazitů a odhalil nám jejich podivuhodný svět. Jeho čtivě napsaná kniha, první svého druhu u nás, shrnuje nejnovější a nejzajímavější přínos moderní parazitologie. Ukazuje nám svět, v němž paraziti ovládají mysl svých hostitelů. Svět, v němž jsou mistry chemické války a kamufláže. Svět, v němž paraziti zásadně ovlivňují evoluci. Svět, v němž jsou vlastně převládajícími druhy.
Vypredané
13,15 €

She Has Her Mothers Laugh


Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that.

Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities . .

. But, Zimmer argues, heredity isn't just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies.

We say we inherit genes from our ancestors - using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates - but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. Weaving together historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world's best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.
Vypredané
29,95 €