DNA: Changing Science and Society

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Since the revelation of the double helical structure of DNA by Watson and Crick fifty years ago, research into this important molecule has had a dramatic impact on science and society. This volume brings together some of the key workers in the field to explore DNA fingerprinting, the extraction of DNA from archaeological and palaeontological remains; the ethical implications of the genetic knowledge encoded in DNA; the complex role of DNA in cancer research and reproductive medicine; and finally, how genetic disorders teach us about human communication.

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'DNA and molecular biology have had a deep impact on society during the last 50 years: this book provides an excellent perspective.' Francis Crick

'… will appeal to anyone involved in biochemistry and evolutionary biology from A-level upwards.' Focus

'… a diverse and enjoyable book …'. Journal of Genetical Research

'… a diverse and enjoyable book, which I hope gets a broad readership.' William G. Hill, University of Edinburgh

'… consistently interesting and well-written book …'. The Magazine of the Cambridge Society

'In dealing with the large number of complex situations, there is a great need for wider understanding of both the biology and ethical issues. These essays provide authoritative descriptions of their diverse subjects.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521823784
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Darwin College Lectures Series, #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Torsten Krude; 1. The discovery of the Double Helix Aaron Klug; 2. Genetic fingerprinting Alec Jeffreys; 3. Ancient DNA Svante Pääbo; 4. DNA and cancer Ron Laskey; 5. DNA, biotechnology and society Malcolm Grant; 6. DNA in reproduction medicine Robert Winston; 7. Genes and language Dorothy Bishop; 8. DNA and ethics Onora O'Neill.

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