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Questions relating to requests for basic reference materials on a broad area of study.

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Books on population or evolutionary genetics?

I have recently been involved in collaborations that require me to model the population genetics of eukaryotic populations. I fear I may either be "re-inventing the wheel" or making conceptual ...
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Introductory biology text for an outsider

I'm a maths major and I have an interest in learning biology. I know very, very little; I know how babies are made and that's about it. Could anyone recommend a stimulating text to read for its own ...
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A good book for history of biology/biotechnology for lay people

I have many friends who are interested in Biology and want to know more about the subject in general (like a history of biology, from Darwin's theory, to DNA structure discovery, to the human genome ...
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Recommendation for a molecular biology book that explains how we know what we know

My background is in math and I know very little about biology. The few biology books that I've looked at seem to explain what is known (or what is believed), but don't really explain how we know what ...
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Books on machine learning applications in Biology

I have recently engaged with a collaboration, which requires me to construct, then train an unsupervised artificial neural network (ANN). However, I have only a very coarse understanding of what ...
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A free book/resource for learning genetics?

I took an undergrad class in genetics. I felt it was not too intensive and I do not feel prepared for grad school (if I can manage to get in.) Does anyone know of a preferably free resource for ...
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Book/source for learning bioinformatics, focused on genomics?

Does anyone know of sources for learning bioinformatics, focused on genomics? I would like to learn alot of skills I could apply potently in the workforce if I ever became adept at the fields. My ...
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Suitable introductory book on Bioinformatics for a computer scientist?

Do you have any suggestions on a suitable introductory text on bioinformatics for a computer scientist? Any recommendations with pros and cons of different books would be appreciated. I'm mainly ...
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Books for biology,popular but rigorous? [closed]

There are very goods in physics and mathematics (like Feynman lectures for exemple) that give an elementry but but broad view of their,therefore I'd like for help to find help to find a biology book ...
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Recommendation of Ecology books

What are some of the standard books to study : Biological Interactions: Symbiosis, Mutualism...etc Concept of Limiting factors Niche concept Resource partitioning Concepts of community change ...
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Recommend good conversational books to learn about cell and developmental biology or biochemisty?

I'm an engineer by training and teaching myself the basics of cell and developmental biology. I'm using Scott F. Gilbert's Developmental Biology and Alberts' Essential Cell Biology right now, and they ...
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Modern immunology textbooks

I am looking for recommendations to good textbooks introducing modern immunology. Review articles, preferably modern (post 2000) would also be useful. Please, include a brief comment with each book ...
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Books for beginners [closed]

I want to study biology. I have zero previous knowledge of biology but I know Physics, Chemistry and Maths. From which book should I start? I have heard about Campbell Biology, but it is very costly ...
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Book recommendations for algorithms used in evolutionary biology

Do you have recommendations for a book that presents the different algorithm used in theoretical evolutionary biology? I don't mean evolutionary or genetic algorithms (otherwise this question would ...
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Evolution of dominance of alleles

Can someone tell me where can I find detailed text about mechanisms of evolution of dominance? Or, if it is possible, I would be grateful if someone will tell me about them here.
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A good textbook on GMO

I am interested in learning about GMO. The topic is so wrapped in controversy, that it's hard to find a good book that introduces the basic concepts involved. I went through various university ...
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Book suggestion on computational molecular evolution

I'm currently reading Computational Molecular Evolution by Yang. Can you recommend alternative books? I am finding it to be lacking on conceptual discussion (it's more focussed on the mathematics and ...
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Could someone recommend a book for surveying species?

I'm trying to get/renew basic knowledge of species. Could someone recommend a book for surveying "important"/"representational" species? I am looking for a book with good illustrations and that covers ...
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Are there any anatomy books focusing on etymology?

I noticed that I can remember names for a very long time if I now their etymological background, the reason is easy I love etymology, especially when it is connected to mythology. However when I learn ...
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Books about famous experiments in biology - 'methods of investigation'

I'll explain briefly what I need (hoping to find something) : I wanted to know if someone knew about a book that in a way or another talked about the greatest experiments in biology (Griffith, Avery-...
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Good book on Origin of Life [closed]

What is a book that goes into reasonable detail (but isn't textbook-level technical) about the origin of earth and in particular the origin of life on earth? Something intended for a broad audience, ...
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Need some good resources to learn about Protein function and structure

I'm taking a course on biochemistry at edx. Since I'm a computer science student, I'm having some trouble in understanding many biochemical concepts. While the first module was just fine, I found the ...
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Learn Bioconductor the hard way!

I came to analyzing population genetics data from the background of a theoretician and a computer biologist but not with the standard tools that a bioinformatician (or empiricist in population ...
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Book on current state of knowledge on the genetics of intelligence

I'm looking for a book that gives a good summation of the current state of knowledge on the genetics underlying intelligence. I have read textbooks on human population genetics but I'm looking for ...
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Where to begin studying Biology in earnest, with preferably free sources?

I am a biology enthusiast and would like to study Biology in earnest. I have basic knowledge of biology (high school level) and some extended knowledge of small animals, mainly about mammals as I am ...
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Book request: systematics and evolution of vertebrates

Would you recommend any good vertebrate systematics & evolution book? The main goal is to teach a Master's level class - mostly focused on amphibia, reptiles and fish.
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Books for learning how plants function

Can you recommend a good, detailed book on how plants function? A book that explains plant processes on a molecular level from roots up to the fruit. I am interested in home crops production, such as ...
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Book recommendations for evolutionary models

I was recently working on getting a statistical model of a DNA sequence. To do this I found that understanding evolution quantitatively seems to be quite important. I would really appreciate any book ...
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Short, concise, practical manual for doing experimental biology

I am am physical scientist working in biology, and have recently started doing experiments. I would like a manual akin to "Numerical Recipes", but for the lab: straight forward, easy instructions on ...
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Looking for good reference book in molecular biology [closed]

I am starting to work in molecular biology/ molecular genetic and I am looking for a really good book containing the main concepts and mostly the more recent techniques. I would be interested in a ...
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Text Book Recommendation: Cell & Molecular Biology + Organic Chemistry

I am studying undergraduate biology course and I have cell biology and molecular biology in my next semester. Our college recommends three books : Cooper, Lodish & Bruce Alberts. It would be ...
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Textbook Recommendations Covering The Adaptive Immune System

I will soon begin work on a project about immunology. I would like to read more about the main mechanisms of the immune system. What books or articles could you recommend to me? In particular I am ...
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Molds and fungi usually found on book pages: identifying and preventing further spread

I know I can use bleach to kill most of the spores that live on my walls. I know I have to keep humidity below a certain level and temperature above another to prevent the spread of mold. I have read ...
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Jamaican/Caribbean insect, plant identification keys/field guides

Where can I find plant and insect identification keys and Field guides for Jamaica specifically, or for the Caribbean as a whole? I've searched Amazon and google for Jamaican and Caribbean ...
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Guide to learning about Population biology / ecology / dynamics for a non-Biologist

I'm an applied mathematician who works in the field of feedback control systems but has been becoming interested in looking at population biology (e.g. Lotka-Volterra, Mathusian growth,etc.) from a ...
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System biology and evolution: Book-recommendations

I have relatively good knowledge in evolutionary biology and in population genetics. I am getting more and more interested in the evolution of ... genetic developmental processes gene interactions ...
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Learning tensors for evolutionary or developmental biology

I'm looking for book recommendations on tensor algebra for use in biology. Tensors are being used increasingly in evolutionary biology and developmental biology, it seems. For example, here is an ...
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Is the book “Bioinformatics for Geneticists” outdated?

I am going to be working with genetics data in my organization's data warehouse next year and helping our biotechnology department. I work in academic research, but I have very little genomics ...
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Brain regeneration - book recommendation

Searching for an up-to-date book on regenerative brain medicine with a focus on stem cell therapy. Also interesting in genetic engineering of neuronal stem cells for this purpose. Alternatively, a ...
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Is there a more updated version of the book “Genome?” [closed]

I read the book Genome by Matt Ridley for my AP biology course. I found it fascinating, although it seems another book must have been written on the topic since 1999. Anything you can recommend?
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What are the mechanistics of stinging nettles?

There is a lot of research on why nettle extracts causes skin irritation and a stinging sensation. However, I cannot find information on how the extract is injected in human skin. Similarly, I haven't ...
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Book recommended for neurobiology

I am looking for a good explanatory book concerning Neurobiology. I am interested on how the brain works but prior to this I believe that I have to start learning things about the biology of neurons. ...
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What are good sources of free-to-use images and diagrams

I am looking for good image repositories for biology teaching. Photos and textbook-like diagrams. I am interested in images that can be used commercially without payment, or, at least, that require ...
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Simulating Drug Entry in Protein and binding?

Is there any simulation protocol or paper which can simulate the dynamics of drug entry and interaction with the target protein?
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Conservation Genetics - Book recommendations

Can you please give me some advice for a book in (evolutionary) conservation genetics that offers an in-depth review of the mathematical formulations used in this field. I read the book Evolutionary ...
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Introductory book on cell biology

I am studying the human circulatory and respiratory systems to develop tools for automated diagnosis of disease. During the past year, I have read basic books about respiratory physiology, ...
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Text Book Recommendation: Organic Evolution

I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of any text books on organic evolution? I have recently become interested in the subject and would like to know more. I think an undergrad ...
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Plant identification: San Francisco, USA

I am taking a biology lab class and I need to identify all these plants which are from the San Francisco area. My question is how can I find the right keyword to find their names on internet? Or can ...
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Very introductory online source of information in evolutionary biology

We receive quite a lot of questions from layman in evolutionary biology in this site that are sometimes difficult to answer just because there is way too much to say. Why don't human keep evolving? is ...
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Book Recommendation: Complex Traits and Complex Genetic Architecture

I am looking for a book (or any good source of information) that offers an in-depth discussion and models about the evolution and analysis of complex traits and complex genetic architecture. Do you ...