By Edwin H. Lennette M.D., Ph.D., J. F. A. McManus M.D. (auth.), K. D. Fisher, A. U. Nixon (eds.)

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The technological know-how of existence: Contributions of Biology to Human Welfare is the 1st of what we expect might be a chain of monographs due to actions of the Federation of yank Societies for Experimental Biology. at times fabric drawn from symposia awarded on the an­ nual conferences of the Societies, while thought of compatible, might be released as separate FASEB Monographs. often, the fabric may have seemed in Federation court cases. sometimes, different papers due to symposia, meetings, or targeted conferences subsidized via the Federation or certainly one of its constituent societies will seem as a F ASEB monograph. In a few situations, distinct articles at the similar subject can be drawn jointly less than one disguise. Why should still info which has already been published and allotted as part of the editorial content material of a magazine be republished as a monograph? many of the ma­ terial to be integrated during this attempt, fairly the symposia offered on the annual conferences of the six Federated Societies, will summarize the state-of-the-art ex­ cellently. Such details might be of substantial price to scholars and academics, in particular for undergraduate honors classes or in graduate studies.

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The award of a Nobel prize in 1970 recognized the importance of the work. A molecule of acetylcholine transmits the signal from one nerve fiber to another; at least, this appears to be the case in the main portion of the nervous system. There is, however, another part of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system. In the sympathetic nervous system a different chemical transmitter, noradrenalin, carries the nerve signal from one sympathetic nerve fiber to another. After the signal has been carried across to the other fiber, the chemical transmitter molecule must be destroyed before it accumulates and causes trouble.

Insulin, one of the hormones, acts to regulate and control the level of sugar in the blood. Other mechanisms for controlling metabolic processes, the most recently discovered and a most active area of biochemical research, will be discussed later. An interesting and important discovery is the mechanism whereby the central nervous system influences the reproductive cycle and most of the events associated with reproduction and lactation. The breeding season for wild animals is known to be geared to the physical environment and more specifically to the changing, usually increasing, length of daylight.

A beam of X rays impinging on a crystal will be diffracted by the atoms in the crystal in proportion to the mass of the atoms encountered. With atoms arranged in a regular pattern, the beam will 37 BASIC BIOMEDICINE 38 CHAPTER II emerge from the crystal in a regular pattern that can be recorded on film or by scanning detectors. The threedimensional structure of the molecule can then be calculated from information in this pattern if the sequence of amino acids is also known. ENZYMES The synthesis and breakdown of every kind of molecule essential for life are the result of enzymes.

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