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The Real Science Behind the X-Files: Microbes, Meteorites, and Mutants

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Could an alien organism really survive a centuries-long trip on a meteor and remain virulent enough to attack a human being? How would a scientist know she was peering at a microbe from another planet? What's the possibility of a genetically mutated monster actually developing?

In a gripping exploration of the facts behind the science fiction that has enthralled millions of X-philes, Anne Simon — the respected virologist who comes up with the science for many intriguing episodes — discusses telomeres, cloning, the Hayflick limit, nanotechnology, endosymbionts, lentiviruses, and other strange phenomena that have challenged the intellect and threatened the lives and sanity of America's favorite FBI agents. With Simon's extraordinary gift for explaining complicated, cutting-edge science in a light, accessible style, and her behind-the-scenes commentary on the development of various plot lines, The Real Science Behind the X-Files will appeal to science buffs and X-Files aficionados alike.

About the Author

Anne Simon, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an editor of the international journal Virology. She lives in Bowie, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files

Introduction

  1. Hidden and Hungry

    Introduction

    Worms on Ice

    Mighty Mites in Trees

    Life on the Rocks

    Fungi, Fungi, Everywhere

    Bugging the Rain Forests

  2. Visitors from the Void

    Introduction

    How to Identify an Alien in Three Easy Steps

    Alien Hitchhikers

    Sea Urchins in the Arctic

  3. Mutants and Monsters

    Introduction

    Genes 'R Us

    Like Father, Like Son

    Food, Glorious Food

    How to Get a Head Without Even Trying

    Aliens 'R Us

  4. Releasing the Genetic Genie

    Introduction

    Take Two Genes and Call Me in the Morning

    Spitting Images

    All the Buzz on Bees, Corn, and Viruses

  5. Seeking the Fountain of Youth

    Introduction

    Turning Back Time

    Freezing Time

    Eating Healthy

  6. Fooling with Mother Nature

    Introduction

    Secret Scents

    The Ultimate Insult

    We Are All Frogs

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684856186
Foreword:
Carter, Chris
Author:
Carter, Chris
Author:
Simon, Anne
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Life sciences
Subject:
X-files
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 18
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.71 oz

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