Glowing Genes: A Revolution in Biotechnology / Edition 1

Glowing Genes: A Revolution in Biotechnology / Edition 1

by Marc Zimmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591022533

ISBN-13: 2901591022533

Pub. Date: 02/25/2005

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Glowing Genes is the first popular science book on an amazing new area of biotechnology that will help us understand cancer, create new products, improve agriculture, and combat terrorism. For more than 160 million years, green fluorescent protein has existed in one species in jellyfish. In 1994 it was cloned, giving rise to a host of useful and potentially…  See more details below

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Glowing Genes is the first popular science book on an amazing new area of biotechnology that will help us understand cancer, create new products, improve agriculture, and combat terrorism. For more than 160 million years, green fluorescent protein has existed in one species in jellyfish. In 1994 it was cloned, giving rise to a host of useful and potentially revolutionary applications in biotechnology. Today, researchers are using this ancient glowing protein to pursue exciting new discoveries, from tracking the process of bacterial infection to detecting chemical and biological agents planted by terrorists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901591022533
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
02/25/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250

Table of Contents

1Living light15
2From Pliny's walking stick to burning angles27
3Using fireflies to look for life on Mars?39
4Shimomura's "squeezate"51
5Where is the GFP recipe? : let's photocopy it69
6The birth of the green fluorescent protein revolution77
7Thirsty potatoes and green blood91
8Alba, the fluorescent rabbit107
9Light in a can113
10Red sheep from Russia123
11ANDi the green monkey and a yellow pig133
12Cameleons, FLIP, FRET, FRAP, and camgaroos145
13Cancer157
14Glowing genes in medicine169
15Defense, security, and bioterrorism185
16Last light193

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