The Machinery of Life

1 Introduction
The World of Cells - The World of Molecules - Molecular Illustrations

Part I: Molecules and Life

2 Molecular Machines
Nucleic Acids - Proteins - Lipids - Polysaccharides

3 The Processes of Living
Harnessing Available Energy - Making and Identical Copy of Oneself Protection and Perception

Gallery of Molecular Structures (color plates)

Part II: Molecules into Cells

4 Escherichia coli: One of the Simplest Cells
Cytoplasm - Cell Wall - Nuclear Region

5 Baker's Yeast: the Advantages of Compartmentation
Cytoplasm - Mitochondria - Nucleus - Transport of Proteins

6 Man: The Advantages of Specialization
Blood - Nerves

7 Plants: Gathering Energy from the Sun
Cell Wall - Photosynthesis

Part III: Cells in Health and Disease

8 Vitamins
Vitamin A (Retinal) - B Vitamins - Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin D - Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

9 Viruses: Biological Hijackers
Poliovirus and Rhinovirus - Influenza Virus
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (AIDS Virus)

10 Poisons and Drugs Broad-Spectrum Poisons - Poisons and Drugs of the Nervous System Painkillers - Antibiotics - Drug Discovery and Development Prospects