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  • The Secret Language of Cells

  • What Biological Conversations Tell Us About the Brain-Body Connection, the Future of Medicine, and Life Itself
  • By: Jon Lieff MD
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Your cells are talking about you.

Right now, both your inner and outer worlds are abuzz with chatter among living cells of every possible kind - from those in your body and brain to those in the environment around you. From electrical alerts to chemical codes, the greatest secret of modern biology, hiding in plain sight, is that all of life’s activity boils down to one thing: conversation.

While cells are commonly considered the building block of living things, it is actually the communication between cells that brings us to life, controlling our bodies and brains, determining whether we are healthy or sick, and directly influencing how we think, feel, and behave.

In The Secret Language of Cells, doctor and neuroscientist Jon Lieff lets us listen in on these conversations, and reveals their significance for everything from mental health to cancer. He explains the surprising science of how very different cells - bacteria and brain cells, blood cells and viruses - all speak the same language. This overarching principle has been long overlooked because scientific journals use impenetrable jargon that makes it hard to be understood across disciplines, much less by the general public.

Lieff presents a fascinating and accessible look into cellular communication science - a groundbreaking and comprehensive exploration of this biological phenomenon. In these pages, discover the intriguing lives of cells as they ask questions, get answers, give feedback, gather information, call for each other, and make complex decisions. During infections, immune T-cells tell brain cells that we should “feel sick” and lie down. Cancer cells warn their community about immune and microbe attacks. Gut cells talk with microbes to determine which are friends and which are enemies, and microbes talk with each other and with much more complicated human cells in ways that determine which medicines work and which will fail.

With applications for immunity, chronic pain, weight loss, depression, cancer treatment, and virtually every aspect of health and biology, cellular communication is revolutionizing our understanding not just of disease, but of life itself. The Secret Language of Cells is required listening for anyone interested in following the conversation.

©2020 Jon Lieff. Published by arrangement with BenBella Books. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 11-10-2020

top notch!

I'm a huge biology nerd and this will definitely be a book I'll reread. this stands alone in its accessibility to deeply technical subjects and I almost wish it were more technical- but then you may as well be reading straight from journal articles and or university press titles (make it happen, audible!)

"what else does it do?" is a running theme of the book regardless of whatever molecular marvel is on deck theres a notion that we have barely scratched the surface of the myriad functions of biological molecular machines. I hope the next installment includes zinc fingers!

I'll be diving down rabbit holes of astrocytes and vesicles for a long time to come.
added bonus: his website has great book recommendations arranged by topic

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  • Sean B.
  • 17-06-2021

This is so enlightening.

The Information in these pages is so cutting edge and important I had to but the hard cover as well.

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