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The Serengeti Rules : The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters / Sean B. Carroll.

By: Carroll, Sean B.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Princeton ; Princeton University Press , 2016Edition: With a new Q&A with the author.Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400885541; 140088554X; 9781400880263; 1400880262; 9780691175683; 0691175683.Subject(s): Biological control systems | Ecology | Life (Biology) | Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Biological control systems | Ecology | Life (Biology) | Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Ecology | Biosphäre | Leben | Regulation | Life | Biology | Nature | Ecology | Research | SerengetiGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Anecdotes. | Anecdotes.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Serengeti rules.DDC classification: 570 Other classification: 570
Contents:
Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction: Miracles and Wonder -- Part I. Everythings is Regulated -- 1. The Wisdom of the Body -- 2. The Economy of Nature -- Part II. The Logic of Life -- 3. General Rules of Regulation -- 4. Fat, Feedback, and a Miracle Fungus -- 5. Stuck Accelerators and Broken Brakes -- Part III. The Serengeti Rules -- 6. Some Animals Are More Equal than Others -- 7. Serengeti Logic -- 8. Another Kind of Cancer -- 9. Take 60 Million Walleye and Call Us in 10 Years -- 10. Resurrection -- Afterword: Rules to Live By -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A Conversation with Sean B. Carroll
Summary: How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon. One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated--there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar--there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet. A bold and inspiring synthesis by one of our most accomplished biologists and gifted storytellers, The Serengeti Rules is the first book to illuminate how life works at vastly different scales. Read it and you will never look at the world the same way again.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-252) and index.

Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction: Miracles and Wonder -- Part I. Everythings is Regulated -- 1. The Wisdom of the Body -- 2. The Economy of Nature -- Part II. The Logic of Life -- 3. General Rules of Regulation -- 4. Fat, Feedback, and a Miracle Fungus -- 5. Stuck Accelerators and Broken Brakes -- Part III. The Serengeti Rules -- 6. Some Animals Are More Equal than Others -- 7. Serengeti Logic -- 8. Another Kind of Cancer -- 9. Take 60 Million Walleye and Call Us in 10 Years -- 10. Resurrection -- Afterword: Rules to Live By -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A Conversation with Sean B. Carroll

How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon. One of the most important revelations about the natural world is that everything is regulated--there are rules that regulate the amount of every molecule in our bodies and rules that govern the numbers of every animal and plant in the wild. And the most surprising revelation about the rules that regulate life at such different scales is that they are remarkably similar--there is a common underlying logic of life. Carroll recounts how our deep knowledge of the rules and logic of the human body has spurred the advent of revolutionary life-saving medicines, and makes the compelling case that it is now time to use the Serengeti Rules to heal our ailing planet. A bold and inspiring synthesis by one of our most accomplished biologists and gifted storytellers, The Serengeti Rules is the first book to illuminate how life works at vastly different scales. Read it and you will never look at the world the same way again.

In English.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

This easy-to-understand basic explanation of a handful of biological rules describes the regulation of life. Examples range from the microscopic to large mammals and the stories of their discovery. These rules also relate how changes to the environment can disrupt or restore biological balance. Patrick Lawlor reads the work in a manner that mimics the easy, flowing style of the print work. It is delivered in sections that move fluidly from one to another so that it is amenable to casual listening; however, it would be better appreciated if one were to listen consecutively over a few days. -VERDICT Highly recommended to anyone seeking a basic understanding of how biological groups are regulated and interact.-Eric D. Albright, Tufts Univ. Health Sciences Lib., Boston © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

No matter what the scale, the regulations that dictate life are remarkably tantamount. Sean Carroll (molecular biology and genetics, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) begins by relating how molecular biologists Jacques Monod and François Jacob determined the rules used by genes to regulate enzyme synthesis. He then goes on to discuss how physiologists Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown uncovered the manner in which cells regulate cholesterol. This discovery led to the development of statins--medicine (currently taken by millions) that helps prevent heart disease. But how do these stories relate to the book's title? Carroll argues that universal rules that dictate the number of molecules in humans are the same as the regulations that dictate the quantity of molecules in other aspects of nature, such as animals and plants. Carrol refers to this idea as the "logic of life." To further illustrate this point, he relates how philanthropist-turned-conservationist Greg Carr utilized rules deduced from generations of ecologists to lead efforts to rehabilitate Mozambique's wildlife sanctuary, Gorongosa National Park. Carroll concludes that comprehension of the "Serengeti Rules" can assist with the healing and overall improvement of our planet. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Frank T. Kuserk, Moravian College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and executive producer. He is vice president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Endless Forms Most Beautiful , Brave Genius , and Remarkable Creatures , which was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction.

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