The Thread of Life: The Story of Genes and Genetic Engineering / Edition 1

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In this fascinating book, Susan Aldridge gives an accessible guide to the world of DNA and also explores the applications of genetic engineering in biotechnology. She takes the reader, step by step, through the fascinating study of molecular biology, examining DNA and its function within living organisms as well as aspects of genetic engineering and its applications to humans. Aldridge also looks at the wider world of biotechnology and how genetic engineering can be applied to such problems as producing vegetarian cheese or cleaning up the environment.

"...a comprehensive guide to molecular biology, DNA, & the applications of genetic engineering in biotechnology... ideal for the reader interested in, but not schooled in, molecular biology."

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'A well-paced, elegant and imaginative ride through the story of genes and genetic engineering.' Focus

'Susan Aldridge has written a fine book. It can be confidently recommended both to students and scientists in other fields, and to general readers ...'. Science Spectra

'Susan Aldridge's volume is one of the best ... an extremely clear writer, and refreshingly free of the bombast that often marks books in this field … her knowledge and skill make her an excellent guide.' Jon Turney, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This is an informative and entertaining book which explains simply but without trivializing and is of interest both to specialist and layman … a comprehensive, up-to-date and, above all, highly enjoyable account of a fascinating area of science.' C. F. Taylor, Annals of Human Biology

'… a dependable insight into the applications and implications of molecular genetics'. Bernard Dixon, New Scientist

'Everything you could want to know about the science of DNA.' Focus

'This book should provide anyone with a little prior knowledge of genetic engineering with a good insight in to this field.' E. Green, Endeavour

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521625098
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Canto Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Illustration credits; Part I. What is DNA?: 1. DNA is life's blueprint; 2. DNA in action; 3. A close up of the genome; 4. Where did DNA come from?; Part II. Engineering Genes: 5. Genetic engineering; 6. Creating new life forms; 7. Genes – the human angle; 8. New genes for old; Part III. Biotechnology: 9. The wide world of biotechnology; 10. Plant power; 11. Environmental solutions; Part IV. The Final Frontier: 12. Beyond DNA; Further reading; Index.

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