An Introduction to Genetic Engineering [NOOK Book]

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Des Nicholl presents here a new, fully revised, and expanded edition of his popular undergraduate-level textbook. Many of the features of the original edition have been retained; the book still offers a concise technical introduction to the subject of genetic engineering. However, the book is now divided into three main sections: the first introduces students to basic molecular biology, the second explains the methods used to manipulate genes, and the third deals with modern applications of genetic engineering. A...
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An Introduction to Genetic Engineering

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Overview

Des Nicholl presents here a new, fully revised, and expanded edition of his popular undergraduate-level textbook. Many of the features of the original edition have been retained; the book still offers a concise technical introduction to the subject of genetic engineering. However, the book is now divided into three main sections: the first introduces students to basic molecular biology, the second explains the methods used to manipulate genes, and the third deals with modern applications of genetic engineering. A whole chapter is now devoted to the polymerase chain reaction. Applications covered in the book include genomics, protein engineering, gene therapy, cloning, and transgenic animals and plants. A final chapter discusses the ethical questions surrounding genetic engineering in general. An Introduction to Genetic Engineering is essential reading for undergraduate students of biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry.

Progressing from basic molecular biology through chapters dealing with the principles behind working with nucleic acids, this introduction strives to concisely describe the full range of genetic engineering technologies currently available.

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'An easy to follow narrative, accompanied by simple, clear diagrams, provides the interested student with the background needed … the book, therefore, fills an important niche and should be brought to the attention of upper-level undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in any branch of biology that makes use of molecular techniques.' ASM News

'… easy to read, clear and well organised … I certainly recommend it for all sixth-form libraries. In addition, this is an accessible but comprehensive basic text for the undergraduate to use.' Pauline Lowrie, Biology

'I know my days of being lost and struggling to find my way in genetic engineering lectures would not have happened if I had come across this textbook much earlier.' Journal of Biological Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107086265
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 860,748
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Des Nicholl is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, UK.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 2

Pt. I The basis of genetic engineering

Ch. 2 Introducing molecular biology 12

Ch. 3 Working with nucleic acids 32

Ch. 4 The tools of the trade 50

Pt. II The methodology of gene manipulation

Ch. 5 Host cells and vectors 62

Ch. 6 Cloning strategies 90

Ch. 7 The polymerase chain reaction 116

Ch. 8 Selection, screening, and analysis of recombinants 132

Ch. 9 Bioinformatics 152

Pt. III Genetic engineering in action

Ch. 10 Understanding genes, genomes, and 'otheromes' 170

Ch. 11 Genetic engineering and biotechnology 202

Ch. 12 Medical and forensic applications of gene manipulation 226

Ch. 13 Transgenic plants and animals 256

Ch. 14 The other sort of cloning 278

Ch. 15 Brave new world or genetic nightmare? 291

Suggestions for further reading 297

Using the World Wide Web 299

Glossary 303

Index 327

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