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The new books — From the February 1965 issue

Science crosses specialty lines

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The race to create life

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Why we don’t wipe out polio

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Electronic helpers for ailing hearts

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A new attack on our number 1 killer

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The science without a name

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What caused the mess?

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The herald of death

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Get a good scientist . . . and let him alone

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Brainless but bright

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Medical statistics at work

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The long, slow battle with cancer

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The automatic heart

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Little gadget with a large future

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Cortisone and plenty of it

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt. 352 pages. $28.

The extinction symbol is a spare graphic that began to appear on London walls and sidewalks a couple of years ago. It has since become popular enough as an emblem of protest that people display it at environmental rallies. Others tattoo it on their arms. The symbol consists of two triangles inscribed within a circle, like so:

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