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Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Paul Engel

9780198824985
Paperback
May 2020

Very Short Introductions

Enzymes are the molecular machines that make life possible. Working as catalysts, teams of enzymes carry out the processes that power the bodies of living things, from making DNA to digesting food. This book explains what enzymes are, what they do, and how they do it, from enzymes inside our cells to those in washing powders and food production.

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Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Eberhard O. Voit

9780198828372
Paperback
March 2020

Very Short Introductions

Systems biology utilises new computational tools to analyse biological processes on an extraordinary scale. We can now study complex biological phenomena within their natural contexts, applying a holistic, systems-based approach. This book explores what this interdisciplinary field is about, and how it will affect our understanding of life.

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Philosophy of Biology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Samir Okasha

9780198806998
Paperback
November 2019

Very Short Introductions

Covering some of science's most divisive topics, such as philosophical issues in genetics and evolution, the philosophy of biology also encompasses more traditional philosophical questions, such as free will, essentialism, and nature vs nurture. Here, Samir Okasha outlines the core issues with which contemporary philosophy of biology is engaged.

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Animal Physiology: an environmental perspective

£54.99

Patrick Butler, Anne Brown, George Stephenson, John Speakman

9780199655458
Paperback
November 2019

More than any other text, takes an evolutionary approach to show how physiological systems allow animals to adapt to their changing environments.

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Origins of Biodiversity: An Introduction to Macroevolution and Macroecology

£29.99

Lindell Bromham, Marcel Cardillo

9780199608713
Paperback
May 2019

The only introduction to macroevolution and macroecology to adopt an innovative enquiry-led, case study-based framework to encourage active learning and critical thinking.

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Human Infectious Disease and Public Health

£19.99

William Fullick

9780198814382
Paperback
February 2019

Oxford Biology Primers

Written primarily for 16-19 year old students, this concise introduction to infectious disease, its treatments and preventative measures aims to extend students' knowledge and inspire them to take their school-level learning further.

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Reptiles: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

T. S. Kemp

9780198806417
Paperback
January 2019

Very Short Introductions

From dinosaurs to lizards, snakes, and turtles, Tom Kemp considers the range of reptiles which have walked our Earth. Exploring how evolutionary adaptions have fitted them to their individual niches, he discusses their biology, such as cold bloodedness and feeding habits, and analyses why reptiles have been so successful throughout history.

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Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life

£10.99

Ernest Naylor

9780198724223
Paperback
October 2018

Compared to well established circadian rhythms, scientific evidence for biological clocks linked to the Moon has only recently become recognized. This book describes the growing evidence for lunar influences on animal behaviour, and considers whether humans may be affected too.

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Synthetic Biology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Jamie A. Davies

9780198803492
Paperback
July 2018

Very Short Introductions

The fast growing field of synthetic biology, which involves the novel design or redesign of living matter, has opened a vista of technological opportunities, from drug manufacture to producing biofuels. Jamie Davies considers the possibilities and controversies surrounding this exciting new science.

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Vertebrate Life

Tenth edition

£105.99

F. Harvey Pough, Christine M. Janis

9781605356075
Hardback
July 2018

Blends information about anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour to present vertebrates within an evolutionary context. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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Life's Vital Link: The astonishing role of the placenta

£10.99

Y. W. Loke

9780199694525
Paperback
May 2018

How does the foetus - a foreign body - survive inside the mother? The placenta is the extraordinary organ that allows this to happen; but this remarkable feat of evolution is only just being fully appreciated by science. Y.W. Loke explores the fascinating nature of the placenta and what it can tell us about evolution, development, and genetics.

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The Rise of Yeast: How the sugar fungus shaped civilisation

£18.99

Nicholas P. Money

9780198749707
Hardback
February 2018

Yeast is humankind's favourite microbe, our partner in brewing, baking, and winemaking. Nicholas P. Money tells the story of this 10,000-year-long marriage, looking at how yeast served as a major factor in the development of civilization, celebrating its importance, and considering its future roles in molecular biology and genetic engineering.

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The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Paul Klenerman

9780198753902
Paperback
November 2017

Very Short Introductions

The immune system is essential to human health. When it fails to work correctly the consequences can be severe, from serious infections to over-exaggerated immune responses. This book considers how the immune system evolved and the components involved; the medical breakthroughs in our understanding of it; and the major health threats our immune systems face.

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Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

T. S. Kemp

9780198766940
Paperback
September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Relative newcomers within the story of evolution, mammals are hugely successful and have colonized land, water, and air. Tom Kemp discusses the great diversity of mammalian species, and looks at how their very disparate characteristics, physiologies, and behaviours are all largely driven by one uniting factor: endothermy, or warm-bloodedness.

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Testosterone: The molecule behind power, sex, and the will to win

£12.99

Joe Herbert

9780198724988
Paperback
September 2017

Testosterone lies at the heart of maleness, and is involved in aggression, competitiveness, and risk-taking — all essential in our evolution. Joe Herbert describes the fascinating insights revealed by modern research into this primeval power that shaped our history and lurks below the veneer of our civilized modern world.

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Heredity: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

John Waller

9780198790457
Paperback
August 2017

Very Short Introductions

John Waller describes the changing ideas concerning heredity from antiquity to the modern biological understanding, considering both the efforts over the centuries to identify the physiological mechanisms involved and how views of heredity have been used to justify or condemn inequalities of class, gender, and race.

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Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Brian Charlesworth, Deborah Charlesworth

9780198804369
Paperback
July 2017

Very Short Introductions

This book is about the central role of evolution in shaping the nature and diversity of the living world. It describes the processes of natural selection, how adaptations arise, and how new species form, as well as summarizing the evidence for evolution.

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An Introduction to Molecular Ecology

Third Edition

£42.99

Graham Rowe, Michael Sweet, Trevor Beebee

9780198716990
Paperback
March 2017

The only text combining theoretical concepts with practice-driven examples to showcase the latest molecular and genomic techniques and their impact on the study of ecology.

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A Dictionary of Science

Seventh Edition

£12.99

Jonathan Law

9780198738374
Paperback
March 2017

Oxford Quick Reference

This bestselling dictionary contains more than 9,500 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy. With clear and concise definitions and recommended web links for many entries, this A-Z is a reliable reference work for science students as well as non-scientists.

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Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Russell Foster, Leon Kreitzman

9780198717683
Paperback
March 2017

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction explains how organisms can 'know' the time and reveals what we now understand of the nature and operation of chronobiological processes. Covering variables such as light, the metabolism, human health, and the seasons, Foster and Kreitzman illustrate how jet lag and shift work can impact on human well-being.

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