Content Changes

I have strengthened the coverage of the following topics (indicating chapter numbers in parentheses): mitochondrial diseases (3), autoimmune diseases (5), the stages of hair growth (6), biomechanics of bone tissue (7), the enteric nervous system (15), receptive fields of sensory neurons (16), hormone-transport proteins (17), the blood-thymus barrier (21), clonal deletion and anergy (21), renal autoregulation (23), lipostats and leptin (26), and the trisomies (29).

I have updated information on the following, drawing on research and review literature as recent as April 2002, even as the book was in production: genetic translation in the nucleus (4), signal peptides (4), stem cell research (5), hair analysis (6), osteoporosis treatments (7), knee surgery (9), muscle-connective tissue relationships (11), mitosis in cardiac muscle (11), astrocyte functions (12), surgical treatment of parkinsonism (12), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (13), memory consolidation (14), functional MRI (14), the sensory role of filiform papillae (16), a new class of retinal photoreceptors (16), the history of anesthesia (16), the relationship of growth hormone to somatomedins (17), cytotoxic T cell activation (21), asthma (21), neuroimmunology (21), atrial natriuretic peptide (23), hunger and body weight homeostasis (26), heritability of alcoholism (26), the functions of relaxin (28), contraceptive options (28), the fate of sperm mitochondria (29), Werner syndrome (29), telomeres (29), and theories of aging (29).

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