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Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks That Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing

By Leon Kreitzman and Russell Foster

Reviewed by Michalis Hadjimarcou, Cyprus

Molecular Biology of the Cell* and Molecular Biology of the Cell: A Problems Approach+

*By Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts and Peter Walter

+By Tim Hunt and John Wilson

Reviewed by Bernhard Haubold, Fachhochschule Weihenstephan, Germany

How do muscles produce work? Using optical tweezers to study molecular machines

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Alexandre Lewalle from King’s College, London, UK, pushes back the frontiers of our knowledge of motors – at the molecular level.

Two hydrolytic enzymes and an epistemological–historical approach

The author, Isabella Marini, and her students at the Liceo Scientifico Ulisse Dini, Pisa

Why are enzymes so special? How do they differ from inorganic catalysts? Isabella Marini from the University of Pisa, Italy, describes a classroom protocol to enable students to answer these questions for themselves.

Is traditional engineering the right system with which to manipulate our world?

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We are relative newcomers on Earth and still have a lot to learn. Julian Vincent from the University of Bath, UK, investigates some of the lessons we can learn from the living world.

The yeast proteome: retooling the factory floor

Gitte Neubauer, Anne-Claude Gavin, Rob Russell and Peer Bork

Russ Hodge from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, reports on the first complete survey of 'molecular machines' in yeast.

Handstands and ties: a career in teaching

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John Watson, “the teacher who does handstands in class”, reminisces about what drew him to teach biology, shares memorable moments from his 38-year teaching career, and explains how scientists can help to inspire science teaching.

A Stem Cell Story

By the European Consortium for Stem Cell Research

Reviewed by Philipp Gebhardt, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

Sleep and learning

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When we sleep, are we just passively recovering from a hard day, or is there something more going on? Angelika Börsch-Haubold considers the implications of some intriguing research – was her grandmother right all along? Test the scientists’ conclusions for yourself!

The Poison Paradox: Chemicals as Friends and Foes

By John Timbrell

Reviewed by Angelika Börsch-Haubold, Germany

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