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The Resource Radium and the secret of life, Luis A. Campos

Radium and the secret of life, Luis A. Campos

Label
Radium and the secret of life
Title
Radium and the secret of life
Statement of responsibility
Luis A. Campos
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Radium and the Secret of Life highlights previously unknown interconnections between the history of the early radioactive sciences and the sciences of heredity. Equating the transmutation of radium with the biological transmutation of living species, biologists saw in metabolism and mutation properties that reminded them of the new element. These initially provocative metaphoric links between radium and life proved remarkably productive and ultimately led to key biological insights into the origin of life, the nature of heredity, and the structure of the gene. Radium and the Secret of Life recovers a forgotten history of the connections between radioactivity and the life sciences that existed long before the dawn of molecular biology
  • "Before the hydrogen bomb indelibly associated radioactivity with death, many chemists, physicians, botanists, and geneticists believed that radium might hold the secret to life. Physicists and chemists early on described the wondrous new element in lifelike terms such as "decay" and "half-life, " and made frequent references to the "natural selection" and "evolution" of the elements. Meanwhile, biologists of the period used radium in experiments aimed at elucidating some of the most basic phenomena of life, including metabolism and mutation. From the creation of half-living microbes in the test tube to charting the earliest histories of genetic engineering, Radium and the Secret of Life highlights previously unknown interconnections between the history of the early radioactive sciences and the sciences of heredity. Equating the transmutation of radium with the biological transmutation of living species, biologists saw in metabolism and mutation properties that reminded them of the new element. These initially provocative metaphoric links between radium and life proved remarkably productive and ultimately led to key biological insights into the origin of life, the nature of heredity, and the structure of the gene. Radium and the Secret of Life recovers a forgotten history of the connections between radioactivity and the life sciences that existed long before the dawn of molecular biology." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Campos, Luis A
Dewey number
572.8/38
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QD181.R1
LC item number
C36 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2016 B-516
  • WN 11.1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Radium
  • Genetics
  • Genetics
  • Radium
  • Radium
  • Evolution
  • Mutation
  • Radium
  • Radiobiology
  • Radiation Genetics
  • Mutation
Label
Radium and the secret of life, Luis A. Campos
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of living radium -- Radium and the origin of life -- Radium and the mutation theory -- Radium genetics -- The gene irradiated -- Transmutations and disintegrations
Control code
000154996
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
378 pages
Isbn
9780226238272
Lccn
2014032436
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40024773802
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154996
  • (OCoLC)887849442
Label
Radium and the secret of life, Luis A. Campos
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of living radium -- Radium and the origin of life -- Radium and the mutation theory -- Radium genetics -- The gene irradiated -- Transmutations and disintegrations
Control code
000154996
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
378 pages
Isbn
9780226238272
Lccn
2014032436
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40024773802
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 154996
  • (OCoLC)887849442

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