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Minorities and Small Numbers from Molecules to Organisms in Biology

Toward a New Understanding of Biological Phenomena

Editors: Nagai, Takeharu, Togashi, Yuichi (Eds.)

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  • Offers a readily understandable introduction to an exciting new field of life science
  • Highlights the importance of cooperation among groups of molecules in live cells for biological phenomena
  • Presents advances in experimental techniques, biological findings, and theories
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This book provides an accessible introduction to an exciting new field of life science in which the focus is on small numbers of molecules and minorities within cell populations and their significance for the understanding of biological phenomena. Numbers, or quantitative data, are attracting more attention in cell biology following, for example, determination of the absolute copy number of each protein species in each bacterial cell and the recognition of leader cells that drive collective cell migration. Within this context, the authors present recent advances in experimental techniques, biological findings, and theories. A variety of cutting-edge topics and issues are addressed, with explanation of the ways in which recent developments in the field cast light on seemingly straightforward but difficult-to-answer questions. Readers will learn that we are on the verge of a paradigm shift as the importance of cooperation among groups of molecules in live cells is acknowledged. The book is designed to be enjoyable to read and easy to understand. It will be of interest for a wide range of readers, including young researchers and undergraduate/high school students.


About the authors

Takeharu Nagai

The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, Japan

Professor

 

Yuichi Togashi

Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Japan

Associate Professor


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • A Look at Functions That Emerge from Small Numbers

    Pages 1-6

    Nagai, Takeharu

  • Neuronal Synaptic Connections Organized by Small Numbers of Molecules

    Pages 7-13

    Murakoshi, Hideji

  • Invasions of Small Numbers: How Many Virus Particles Does It Take to Infect Someone with the Flu?

    Pages 15-20

    Ohba, Yusuke

  • Rebellion by the Minority: Prophecies by Molecules on Paper and Computers

    Pages 21-29

    Togashi, Yuichi

  • The Personality of Small Numbers: Do Molecules Have Personality?

    Pages 31-37

    Komatsuzaki, Tamiki

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eBook $139.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Minorities and Small Numbers from Molecules to Organisms in Biology
Book Subtitle
Toward a New Understanding of Biological Phenomena
Editors
  • Takeharu Nagai
  • Yuichi Togashi
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2083-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2083-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-2082-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 150
Number of Illustrations
47 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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