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Main Title Bioengineering Aspects in the Design of Gas Exchangers Comparative Evolutionary, Morphological, Functional, and Molecular Perspectives / [electronic resource] :
Author Maina, John N.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2011
Call Number QL801-950.9
ISBN 9783642203954
Subjects Life sciences. ; Biochemistry. ; Evolution (Biology). ; Morphology (Animals). ; Animal Physiology.
Internet Access
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Edition First.
Collation XIV, 329 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Accretion and Shifts of the Levels of O2 and CO2 in the Biosphere -- Fundamental Principles of Gas Exchangers -- Physicochemical Properties of Respiratory Fluid Media and Gases -- Some Molecular Aspects in the Biology of Respiration -- Functional Designs of the Gas Exchangers. This book encapsulates over three decades of the author's work on comparative functional respiratory morphology. It provides insights into the mechanism(s) by which respiratory means and processes originated and advanced to their modern states. Pertinent cross-disciplinary details and facts have been integrated and reexamined in order to arrive at more robust answers to questions regarding the basis of the functional designs of gas exchangers. The utilization of oxygen for energy production is an ancient process, the development and progression of which were underpinned by dynamic events in the biological, physical, and chemical worlds. Many books that have broached the subject of comparative functional respiratory biology have only described the form and function of the 'end-product,' the gas exchanger; they have scarcely delved into the factors and the conditions that motivated and steered the development from primeval to modern respiratory means and processes. This book addresses and answers broad questions concerning the critical synthesis of multidisciplinary data, and clarifies previously cryptic aspects of comparative respiratory biology.