Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter: Pop Culture and Modern Science

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-06
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Pop culture meets cutting-edge science in this one-volume introduction to the history of science and modern biology.

Author Biography

Gerald Weissmann is director of the Biotechnology Study Center at the New York University School of Medicine and editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including the London Review of Books and The New York Times Book Review.

Table of Contents

Prefatory Notep. 11
Walter Benjamin and Biz Stone: The Scientific Paper in the Age of Twinerp. 15
Epigenetics in the Adirondackp. 22
A Nobel Is Out of Order: "J-Lo" vs. Hypatia of Alexandriap. 30
Epigenetics and Alma Mahlerp. 37
Inflammation Is Complicated: From Metchnikoff to Meryl Streepp. 44
An Arrowsmith for the NASDAQ Era: Extraordinary Measuresp. 50
Sarah Palin and Marie-Antoinette: Post-Traumatic Tress Disorderp. 57
Coca-Cola and H. G. Wells: Dietary Supplements as Subprime Drugsp. 63
Voodoo Economics and Voodoo Healing: Witchcraft Persists in Massachusettsp. 70
Myrna Loy: Co-Principal Investigatorp. 77
Dr. Ehrlich and Dr. Atomic: Beauty vs. Horror in Sciencep. 83
Free Radicals Can Kill You: Lavoisier and the Oxygen Revolutionp. 90
Experimental Errors: Paul Bert and the Alabama Tenure Killingsp. 96
Monumental Revolutions: Scientific, Sanitary and 'Omicp. 103
Quorum Sensing on the Airbus Wingp. 111
SiCKO Statistics: Michael Moore and L'École de Parisp. 118
Ask Your Doctor: Justice Holmes and the Marketplace of Ideasp. 126
Filter the Dogs: Microbial Mishaps in Massachusettsp. 133
Pattern Recognition and Gestalt Psychology: The Day Nüsslein-Volhard Shouted "Toll!"p. 140
Not by the Sword, but Disease: Doctor Howe and General Shinsekip. 147
Science as Oath and Testimony: Joshua Lederbergp. 154
X-ray Politics: The Nazi War on Rontgen and Einsteinp. 162
Wild Horses and The Doctor's Dilemmap. 168
Glass Ceilings at the Nobel Prizesp. 175
Medea and the Microtubulep. 182
Wiki-Science and Molière's Beastp. 188
Arts and Science: Lewis Thomas and E Scott Fitzgeraldp. 194
Icarus and Fukushima Daiichi: Human Factors in a Meltdown (Sv=1J/kg.w)p. 201
Acknowlegmentsp. 207
Referencesp. 208
Indexp. 245
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