As the new millennium approaches, it is appropriate to ask how far medicine and the life sciences have brought us, and to wonder how specific fields will develop over the next decade or so.This volume gathers together a number of leading scientists to give a bird's eye view of their field. Much of the emphasis is on cancer, microbial infections and immunology, because these are some of the most rapidly advancing areas of research. However, the book is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, and covers topics as diverse as reproductive health technology, animal-to-human transplants, drug resistance, non-invasive diagnosis by magnetic resonance, novel membrane technology, and carbon nanotubes. The graduate student faced with a decision regarding his or her future topic of research could do worse than browse through this collection of articles by experts in the field.
UNESCO - the biosciences and global perspectives, F. Mayor; growing infertility and population explosion - challenges for reproductive health technology, G.P. Talwar and T.C.A. Kumar; the way ahead for virology - molecular pathogenesis, W. Joklik; challenges of chronic persisting infections of global importance for vaccine developers, G. Ada; xenografts and viruses, R. Wiess; approaches in treatment of cancer, A. Dalgleish; overcoming multidrug resistance, W. Stein; advances in anticancer treatment - mirage or reality?, G. McVie; the dual role of oxygen in aerobic cells, V. Skulachev; non-invasive medicine by magnetic resonance in the next century, I.R. Young and J.R. Griffiths; genetic testing in the 21st century, M.A. Patton and N.C. Carter; model membranes, C.L. Bashford; nanotubes of carbon and other materials, C.N.R. Rao et al.