Understanding Biotechnology: An Integrated and Cyber-Based Approach / Edition 1

Understanding Biotechnology: An Integrated and Cyber-Based Approach / Edition 1

by George Acquaah
     
 

The only introduction to biotechnology on the market today, this timely book has an easy-to-comprehend style that makes it suitable for readers with or without a background in biology. While emphasizing biotechnology's core principles and practices, its cyber-based approach provides a built-in mechanism for updating information in the rapidly evolving

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The only introduction to biotechnology on the market today, this timely book has an easy-to-comprehend style that makes it suitable for readers with or without a background in biology. While emphasizing biotechnology's core principles and practices, its cyber-based approach provides a built-in mechanism for updating information in the rapidly evolving biotech field, keeping this book from becoming current and timely. Taking the approach that DNA is universal and can be transferred across natural genetic barriers, this book covers the following topics in the field of biotechnology: the nature of living things and the principles of manipulating them; enabling technologies; different approaches of biotechnology; specific applications such as agricultural (plants and animals), medical, judicial, industrial, and environmental; and social issues such as risk and regulations, ethical implications, developing economies, and biowarfare. This is an excellent reference tool for biotech professionals and those working in the fields of agriculture, medicine, environmental science, nutrition, and health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130945006
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
04/09/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. What Is Biotechnology?

I. BRIEF REVIEW OF THE UNDERLYING SCIENCE.

2. The Nature of Living Things: How They Are Organized.

3. The Nature of Living Things: How They Function.

4. The Nature of Living Things: Genetic Behavior.

5. Principles of Genetic Manipulation of Organisms: Conventional Approach.

6. Principles of Genetic Manipulation of Organisms: Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Technology.

II. ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY.

7. Cell and Tissue Culture.

8. Electrophoresis and Blotting.

9. Molecular Markers.

10. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and DNA Synthesis.

11. Genome Mapping and DNA Sequencing.

12. Storage and Retrieval of Genetic Information.

III. APPROACHES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY.

13. Structural Genomics.

Genome Sequencing. Protein Structure Determination.

14. Functional Genomics.

Bioinformatics. DNA Microarrays. Proteomics.

15. Modifying Protein Production and Function.

Protein Engineering. Antisense Technology.

IV. SPECIFIC APPLICATION.

16. Food Biotechnology.

Plants. Animals and Microbes.

17. Human Health and Diagnostics.

Applications in Medicine. Forensic Applications.

18. Industrial Applications.

Bioprocessing. Microbial-Based Pharming. Biosensors. Recovering Metals.

19. Environmental Applications.

V. SOCIAL ISSUES.

20. Rights and Privileges.

Intellectual Property. Ethical Implications.

21. Risks and Regulations.

22. Biotechnology as a Business.

The Concept of a Biotechnology Company. The Role of Management. Recent Business Dynamics. Jobs in Biotechnology.

23. Biotechnology and Developing Economies.

24. Perceptions and Fears About Biotechnology.

Contrasting Public and Scientific Perceptions. Bioterrorism.

25. Biotechnology: The Future.

VI. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.

Selected Biotechnology Websites.

Glossary.

Index.

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