Molecular Nutrition and Genomics: Nutrition and the Ascent of Humankind

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John Wiley & Sons, 2007 M07 16 - 288 pages
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This fascinating book draws it subject matter from a range of relevant disciplines that extend from molecular nutrition, nutritional sciences, and nutrition dietetics through to genetics, genomics, and anthropology. It presents a vital portrait of the absolutely fundamental role that nutrition has played and continues to play in shaping who and what human beings are, as well as where they evolved from, and where they may be heading as a species.

Molecular Nutrition: Nutrition and the Evolution of Humankind:

  • Blends coverage of the molecular mechanisms that underpin nutrient-gene interactions with evolutionary theory
  • Takes a molecular biological approach to problem solving, and moves nutrition away from its dietetic and anthropological origins to the front lines of genomic research
  • Covers key concepts in molecular biology; the –omics revolution and bioinformatics; recent human evolution; molecular mechanisms of gene-nutrient interactions; the importance of nutrients and genomics in disease; the evolution of micronutrient metabolism, protein structure, and human disease; nutrients and the human lifecycle; contemporary dietary patterns; leading-edge laboratory tools in nutrigenomics and human evolutionary studies
Written by an internationally recognised expert in the field, Molecular Nutrition: Nutrition and the Evolution of Humankind is an invaluable text and reference book for a wide range of teachers, students, and researchers.

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If you are starting with nutritional genetics and genomic, this is something for you.


Chapter 1Defining Important Concepts
Chapter 2Molecular Mechanisms of Genetic Variation Linked to Diet
Chapter 3Essential Nutrients and Genomic Integrity Developmental and Degenerative Correlates
Chapter 4Nutrients and Cerebral Function in Human Evolution
Chapter 5The Evolution of Micronutrient Metabolism
Chapter 6Evolved Refinement of the Human Lifecycle Based on Nutritional Criteria
Chapter 7The Evolution of Human Disease
Chapter 9Some NonMicronutrient Essential and Nonessential Nutrients with Molecular and Possible Evolutionary Impact
Chapter 10Natural Food Toxins and the Human Diet
Chapter 11Nutrigenomics
Chapter 12The Evolution of Protein Function
Chapter 13Leading Edge Laboratory Tools in Nutrigenomics and Human Evolutionary Studies

Chapter 8Contemporary Dietary Patterns that Work The Mediterranean Diet

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Mark Lucock, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Human Molecular Nutrition at the University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences, New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Lucock is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of human nutrition, nutrition and genomics, and nutrition and evolution.

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