Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of science and technology and has already produced products (and profits) that would have seemed miraculous only 20 years ago. Biotechnology is also, however, a complex combination of scientific disciplines beset by jargon and buzz words. This book is an illuminating and practical introduction to the ideas and terminology of biotechnology. It uses straightforward language and concrete examples to unravel the jargon for the non-specialist and explains over 1000 terms in 250 short entries - from Abzymes to YACs, in fields ranging from Agriculture to Molecular Biology, from pure science to industrial regulation. This book is an essential, accessible guide to the science, the technology, and the real achievements of this fascinating and controversial industry.