The Hope, Hype, and Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment / Edition 1 by John C. Avise | 9780195169508 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Hope, Hype, and Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment / Edition 1

The Hope, Hype, and Reality of Genetic Engineering: Remarkable Stories from Agriculture, Industry, Medicine, and the Environment / Edition 1

by John C. Avise
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195169506

ISBN-13: 9780195169508

Pub. Date: 02/19/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

An introductory tour into the stranger-than-fiction world of genetic engineering, a scientific realm inhabited by eager researchers intent upon fashioning a prodigious medley of genetically modified (GM) organisms to serve human needs.

Overview

An introductory tour into the stranger-than-fiction world of genetic engineering, a scientific realm inhabited by eager researchers intent upon fashioning a prodigious medley of genetically modified (GM) organisms to serve human needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195169508
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/19/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
781,089
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1A Tale of Good and a Tale of Evil3
A New Papaya4
Microbiological Terrorism5
2Framework of an Unfolding Revolution9
The Purview of Genetic Engineering10
Preliminary Genetic Background11
3Engineering Microbes16
Insulin Factories17
A Growth Industry19
Microbial Factories for Pharmaceutical Drugs21
More Industrious Microbes23
Accelerated, Directed Evolution26
Concluding Thoughts28
4Getting Creative with Crops30
Combating Corn Borers34
Insecticidal Cotton38
Defensins and Potato Famines41
Herbicide-Tolerant Soybeans43
Herbicide-Resistant Weeds46
Terminator Technology49
Chloroplast Concoctions51
Alleviating Dietary Deficiencies: The Golden Rice Story54
Supplementing Dietary Supplements: Nutrient Boosts56
Going Bananas with Vaccines58
Plantibiotics and Pharmaceutical Farming61
Alleviating Allergies64
Plastics from Plants66
The Flavr Savr Tomato68
A Comucopia of GM Products70
Concluding Thoughts71
5Genetic Engineering in the Barnyard77
Spider's Silk from Goat's Milk78
Low Phosphorus Enviropigs80
Mice as Basic Research Models82
Hello Dolly85
Cow Clones86
Barnyard Bioreactors88
Vaccinating for Animal Health91
Engineering Foods for Animals92
Cloned Organ-Donor Pigs94
Possibilities with Poultry96
Copy Cats98
Good-bye Dolly100
Concluding Thoughts102
6Fields, Forests, and Streams103
Pulp Nonfiction104
Antimalarial Mosquitoes106
Fat, Sexy Salmon108
Antifreeze Proteins111
Mutation-Detecting Fish113
Sentinels of Aquatic Pollution115
Transgenic Environmental Biosensors117
Phytoremediation of Mercury Poisons119
Phytoremediation of Organic Pollutants122
Salt and Drought Plants124
Bioremediating Bacteria126
Cries over Spilled Oil128
Rabbit Contraception130
Daughterless Carp132
Pesticide Detoxification134
Blue Rose Petals and a Mauve Carnation137
No-mow Lawns139
Sperm Whale Oils and Jojoba Waxes141
Rescuing Endangered Species143
Concluding Thoughts145
7Genetic Tinkering with Humans148
Gene Therapies on SCIDs149
Gene Therapies in the Works151
New Angles on Gene Therapy Vectors153
Tissue Therapy via Gene Therapy: The Angiogenesis Story156
Tissue Therapy via Therapeutic Cloning158
Embryonic Stem Cells160
More on Stem Cells162
Whole-Human Clones165
Engineering the Germline167
More New-Age Eugenics170
Concluding Thoughts172
Epilogue175
AppendixTools and Workshops of Genetic Engineering179
Restricted Activities179
Cut and Paste181
Copy and Duplicate182
Viral Vectors184
Jumping Genes187
Galls and Goals in Plant Transformation188
Promoting Promoters and Constructing Constructs190
Reporter Genes192
Test-Tube Gene Cloning194
Hybridizing DNA Molecules195
Knockouts and Resuscitations197
Glossary201
References and Further Reading211
Index237

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