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Real Science behind the X Files, Th - Simon

Real Science behind the X Files, Th

By: Simon

Paperback Published: 9th October 2001
ISBN: 9780684856186
Number Of Pages: 320

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Could an alien organism really survive a centuries-long trip on a meteor and remain virulent enough to attack a human being? How would a scientist know she was peering at a microbe from another planet? What's the possibility of a genetically mutated monster actually developing?

In a gripping exploration of the facts behind the science fiction that has enthralled millions of X-philes, Anne Simon -- the respected virologist who comes up with the science for many intriguing episodes -- discusses telomeres, cloning, the Hayflick limit, nanotechnology, endosymbionts, lentiviruses, and other strange phenomena that have challenged the intellect and threatened the lives and sanity of America's favorite FBI agents. With Simon's extraordinary gift for explaining complicated, cutting-edge science in a light, accessible style, and her behind-the-scenes commentary on the development of various plot lines, "The Real Science Behind the X-Files" will appeal to science buffs and "X-Files" aficionados alike.

Loy Volkman, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley A fun book to read, witty and amazingly informative. Each reader is guaranteed to learn something. Nature An absorbing memoir for X-Files fans...Simon writes in a bright, breezy, and breakneck style, and manages to cram in an immense amount of detail about scientific research in a dazzling variety of areas. Jerry A. Coyne The New York Times Book Review Simon manages to deliver a palatable and surprisingly large dose of information with each episode.

Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 17
Hidden and Hungryp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Worms on Icep. 33
Mighty Mites in Treesp. 41
Life on the Rocksp. 47
Fungi, Fungi, Everywherep. 54
Bugging the Rain Forestsp. 63
Visitors from the Voidp. 71
Introductionp. 71
How to Identify an Alien in Three Easy Stepsp. 75
Alien Hitchhikersp. 90
Sea Urchins in the Arcticp. 110
Mutants and Monstersp. 121
Introductionp. 121
Genes 'R Usp. 128
Like Father, Like Sonp. 141
Food, Glorious Foodp. 144
How to Get a Head Without Even Tryingp. 150
Aliens 'R Usp. 160
Releasing the Genetic Geniep. 169
Introductionp. 169
Take Two Genes and Call Me in the Morningp. 177
Spitting Imagesp. 192
All the Buzz on Bees, Corn, and Virusesp. 198
Seeking the Fountain of Youthp. 217
Introductionp. 217
Turning Back Timep. 224
Freezing Timep. 241
Eating Healthyp. 251
Fooling with Mother Naturep. 261
Introductionp. 261
Secret Scentsp. 269
The Ultimate Insultp. 279
We Are All Frogsp. 288
Afterwordp. 297
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780684856186
ISBN-10: 0684856182
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 9th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 14.05  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.3

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