This illustrated exploration of the life sciences covers many topical issues, ranging from the origin of life to mad-cow disease. The illustrations include line drawings, mostly in colour, and many electron micrographs. Concisely written, it should be suitable for the non-specialist, as well as the undergraduate embarking on this field. The text also provides basic information on the major groups of disease-producing microorganisms, their defence by the body, and preventive measures such as immunization. It shows how closely integrated plants and animals are to one another in maintaining life on the planet. The ultimate message of the volume is the need to protect our ecosystem and the need for scientists to rise above the confines of race and nationality for the good of humanity.
* In Search of Truth * From Molecules to Cell * From Inanimate to Animate * The Mother of All Cells * Cells Out of Control * Extending the Range of Vision * On Life's Fringes * A Friend and a Foe * The Mouldy World * The Unwanted Guests * Mad Cows and Toxic Proteins * Arthropods as Agents of Disease * The Never Ending Battle * Bolstering Defenses * Microbes as Weapons * Sex and Survival * Do Microbes Possess Consciousness? * Nature's Clocks * The Plant Kingdom * The Long March of Evolution * Making Clones * The End Game