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“Wilson and Hastings have given us a masterful biology lesson showing how addressing a seemingly simple question―how do different organisms produce light?―leads to fascinating natural history, intriguing ecology, and exciting biochemistry. They show how the study of bioluminescence has given us new tools, new insights, and new questions that need to be answered.”―Martin Chalfie, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
“Wilson and Hastings demonstrate that what appears on the surface to be a biological oddity is actually a marvelous entry port into examining the intricacies of biochemistry as molded by evolution. I found this book absolutely captivating.”―Jim Morin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
“Wilson and Hastings provide an exceptional, scholarly, clear treatment of bioluminescence.
”―J. N. Muzio, Choice --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Thérèse Wilson (1925–2014) was Senior Research Associate Emerita in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University.
J. Woodland Hastings (1927–2014) was Paul C. Mangelsdorf Research Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00BSEBRFE
- Publisher : Harvard University Press (February 14, 2013)
- Publication date : February 14, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 10559 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Print length : 197 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,118 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What originally was just "basic research" has turned into useful and commercial applications unsuspected just a few years ago, and there is a lot more to learn! The book gives a wonderful overview , quite updated, on bioluminescence.
I suggest reading also the book from Dr. Shimomura "Luminous Pursuit: Jellyfish, GFP, and the Unforeseen Path to the Nobel Prize" as it shows the time and extraordinary effort that has taken to learn about bioluminescence. Maybe, this explain why there is still so much to investigate about this intersting topic.
One shortcoming for my application is that this book is not very readable by non-experts because it is laden with latin names and academic jargon. Bio-freaks like myself will love this book, but it won't bring new people into the amazing world of Bioluminescence. I teach Marine Biology in an environment where we can take students swimming at night among clouds of glowing dinoflagellates and it is a surrealistic life experience. I would encourage these authors to write a similar book in plain English, so undergraduate students who are still exploring where to focus their interests could read about this amazing wonder of the earth.
Thank you for this contribution to human knowledge.
Top reviews from other countries
Es werden dabei keine Spezialkenntnisse in Chemie oder Biologie vorausgesetzt. Das Buch ist reich illustriert
und enthält schöne Photos, mikroskopische Aufnahmen und Graphiken die das Verstänsnis des Themas erleichtern und oft
einfach nur schön sind.
●ちなみに、専門家向けならば Bioluminescence: Chemical Principles And Methods があるが、こちらは発光生物の生態については殆ど触れられていない。一般向けでは、最近は良いものが出ていない。