DNA: How the Biotech Revolution Is Changing the Way We Fight Disease

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Overview

In the fall of 2005, leading scientists from the National Cancer Institute announced the beginning of the cancer genome atlas project, a large-scale endeavor to map every gene implicated in cancer and the first step toward development of new therapies for treating this still baffling disease. This spin-off of the human genome project is only the latest exciting research advance in a decades-long quest to fully understand the biochemistry of the human body and thereby gain insights into the secrets of health, disease, and aging.
Biochemist and veteran lab researcher Frank H. Stephenson tells the compelling story of how scientists on many fronts are succeeding in the battle against disease. With a gift for making the complexities of genetics and biochemistry understandable to the average reader, Stephenson offers a fascinating tour of the mechanisms of our body and the therapeutic techniques that are gaining in sophistication and effectiveness every year. From heart disease to AIDS and cancer, he helps you understand how the tools of biotechnology are being used to combat our most common afflictions. Stephenson examines a wide variety of health threats and illnesses: HIV infection, the many forms of cancer, asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and even erectile dysfunction. Each is discussed in terms of its root cause and treatment in plain, jargon-free language that not only educates but also entertains.
This is the ideal primer on the biotechnology revolution for the layperson. Stephenson offers many insights into both the diseases that destroy health and the great promises that biotechnology offers for preserving and prolonging a healthy life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591024828
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank H. Stephenson, Ph.D. (Pacifica, CA), has worked in the biotechnology industry for many years. He is the author of Calculations for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, as well as book chapters and articles on biochemistry.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     11
Where the Revolution Begins
War!     15
DNA     18
From DNA to Protein     23
Recombinant DNA     27
Collaboration     32
Sequencing DNA     34
The Human Genome Project     38
Tracking Down the Genome     43
Weapons of War-the Arsenal
Immunity     49
Immunity-Recognizing the Enemy     54
Interferon     57
Monoclonal Antibodies     60
Vaccines     64
Antibiotics     68
Bacteriophage as Antibiotics     75
Knockouts     79
Antisense     82
RNA Interference     87
Gene Therapy     92
Cloning     102
Nuclear Transfer and Dolly     109
Stem Cells     112
Targeting Our Weapons
Aging     121
AIDS     136
Alzheimer's Disease     152
Asthma     165
Atherosclerosis     171
Bioterrorism     180
Cancer     193
Cancer Prevention and Treatment     205
Cancer and Angiogenesis Inhibitors     214
UsingBacteria and Viruses to Treat Cancer     220
Breast Cancer     226
Cystic Fibrosis     234
Diabetes     238
Erectile Dysfunction     244
Malaria     250
Emerging Diseases     260
Obesity     276
Future Battlefields     285
Glossary     289
Further Reading     303
Index     313
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