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Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables

This report is the second in a series of three evaluating underexploited African plant resources that could help broaden and secure Africa's food supply. The volume describes the characteristics of 18 little-known indigenous African vegetables (including tubers and legumes) that ...

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Gorilla Mountain: The Story of Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder

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Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere

For 65 million years dinosaurs ruled the Earth--until a deadly asteroid forced their extinction. But what accounts for the incredible longevity of dinosaurs? A renowned scientist now provides a startling explanation that is rewriting the history of the Age of ...

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In the Beat of a Heart: Life, Energy, and the Unity of Nature

For centuries, scientists have dreamt of discovering an underlying unity to nature. Science now offers powerful explanations for both the dazzling diversity and striking similarities seen in the living world. Life is complicated. It is truly the “entangled bank” that Charles Darwin described. But scientists ...

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Application of Toxicogenomics to Cross-Species Extrapolation:A Report of a Workshop

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The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative The Genomic Revolution -- Implications for Treatment and Control of Infectious Disease: Working Group Summaries

The 2005 conference, "The Genomic Revolution: Implications for Treatment and Control of Infectious Disease," attracted scientists, engineers, and medical researchers to work on new interdisciplinary responses using genomics to treat and control infectious diseases. Eleven conference working groups gave the ...

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Animal Health at the Crossroads: Preventing, Detecting, and Diagnosing Animal Diseases

The confirmed case of "mad cow" disease (BSE) in June 2005 illustrates the economic impact of disease outbreaks, as additional countries closed their markets to U.S. beef and beef products. Emerging diseases also threaten public health--11 out of 12 of ...

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Animal Care and Management at the National Zoo: Final Report

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Critical Needs for Research in Veterinary Science

Research in veterinary science is critical for the health and well-being of animals, including humans. Food safety, emerging infectious diseases, the development of new therapies, and the possibility of bioterrorism are examples of issues addressed by veterinary science that have ...

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(NAS Colloquium) Links Between Recombination and Replication:Vital Roles of Recombination

There has been a sea change in how we view genetic recombination. When germ cells are produced in higher organisms, genetic recombination assures the proper segregation of like chromosomes. In the course of that process, called meiosis, recombination not only ...

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