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Dormancy and Resistance in Harsh Environments : Topics in Current Genetics - Esther Lubzens

Dormancy and Resistance in Harsh Environments

Topics in Current Genetics

By: Esther Lubzens (Editor), Joan Cerda (Editor), Melody Clark (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th August 2010
ISBN: 9783642124211
Number Of Pages: 284

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Many organisms have evolved the ability to enter into and revive from a dormant state. They can survive for long periods in this state (often even months to years), yet can become responsive again within minutes or hours. This is often, but not necessarily, associated with desiccation. Preserving one's body and reviving it in future generations is a dream of mankind. To date, however, we have failed to learn how cells, tissues or entire organisms can be made dormant or be effectively revived at ambient temperatures. In this book studies on organisms, ranging from aquatic cyanobacteria that produce akinetes to hibernating mammals, are presented, and reveal common but also divergent physiological and molecular pathways for surviving in a dormant form or for tolerating harsh environments. Attempting to learn the functions associated with dormancy and how they are regulated is one of the great future challenges. Its relevance to the preservation of cells and tissues is one of the key concerns of this book.

Introduction.- Cyanobacteria.- Yeast.- Plants seeds.- Plant buds.- LEA proteins.- Rotifer resting eggs.- Tartigrades.- Arctic Insects.- Artemia cysts.- Daphnia resting eggs.- Killifish.- Hibernation.- Medical Applications.- Conclusions.-

ISBN: 9783642124211
ISBN-10: 3642124216
Series: Topics in Current Genetics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 20th August 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.66