|Winter 2003||Volume XVIII, No. 1|
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New Books in the Library
THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER. Author: Richard Preston. New York: Random House, 2002. WC 585 P585d 2002
Eradicated in 1979, the smallpox virus resides, officially,
in only two high-security freezers: one in Atlanta, one in Siberia. But
it is widely believed that "the demon in the freezer" has been
set loose and that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile countries.
This book takes us into the U.S. government's research facility in Fort
Detrick, Maryland, the headquarters of the national biodefense program
and reports on the controversial experiments being done there with live
smallpox in an attempt to create a vaccine.
ANTHRAX. Editor: Theresa M. Koehler. Berlin: Springer, 2002. Shelved in Journal Stacks (Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, v. 271 (2002).
A survey of the biology of the Bacillus anthracis and
the pathogenesis of anthrax disease, this work provides an overview of
the history of the disease, it's evolution, ecology and epidemiology.
It also includes information on genetics and virulence gene regulation,
and on existing vaccines and those in development.
Based on a 50 year study on aging done by Harvard Medical
School, and written by the director of the study, this work follows hundreds
of people from their teen years to the present in an attempt to understand
how and why older people end up happy or not. It explores their life choices,
the importance of marriage, the impact of divorce, the role of play, alcohol
and drugs, and the ability to make new friends for new life situations.
A persistent vegetative state, characterized by a person being awake, but unaware, with no evidence of a working mind, provokes debate and raises questions for health professionals, ethicists, philosophers and lawyers. This work surveys the medical, ethical and legal issues surrounding this topic, including sanctity of life versus best interests of the victim and killing versus letting die.
SEASONAL PATTERNS OF STRESS, IMMUNE FUNCTION
AND DISEASE. Author: Randy J. Nelson. New York: Cambridge University
Press, 2002. QT 167 S439a 2002
This book challenges the current wisdom of how cells work. Written for those with minimal background in biology, it suggests that cytoplasma is gel-like rather than an aqueous solution. This contradicts the prevailing theory of cell behavior put forth in standard cell biology textbooks. The end result is a fresh view of how cells function.
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