Biotechnology

Biotechnology

by J. E. Smith

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Biotechnology by J. E. Smith

Biotechnology is the major technology of the 21st century, yet few people realise how much it impacts on many aspects of human society. The defining aim of this new fifth edition is to re-establish the correct understanding of the term biotechnology. Using the straightforward style that made the previous editions of his textbook so popular, John Smith once again helps students with the deciphering and use of biological knowledge. He explains the historical developments in biotechnology and the range of activities from brewing beer, the treatment of sewage and other wastes, and the creation of biofuels. He also discusses the innovations in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, systems biology and their impact on new biotechnology. In this edition John Smith also re-examines the ethics and morality of aspects of biotechnology and puts new emphasis on stem cells and regenerative medicine and micro RNA.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521427845
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/03/1991
Series: New Studies in Biology
Edition description: REV
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

John E. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Applied Microbiology in the Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Chief Scientific Adviser to GlycaNova, Norway.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 The nature of biotechnology 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 What is biotechnology? 2

1.3 Biotechnology: an interdisciplinary pursuit 6

1.4 Biotechnology: a three-component central core 13

1.5 Product safety 15

1.6 Public perception of biotechnology 17

1.7 Biotechnology and the developing world 17

Chapter 2 Biomass: a biotechnology substrate? 19

2.1 A biomass strategy 19

2.2 Natural raw materials 21

2.3 Availability of by-products 23

2.4 Raw materials and the future of biotechnology 25

Chapter 3 Genetics and biotechnology 29

3.1 Introduction 29

3.2 Industrial genetics 31

3.3 Protoplast and cell fusion technologies 32

3.4 Genetic engineering 35

3.5 The polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing 41

3.6 Nucleic acid probes 43

3.7 Genomics and proteomics 44

3.8 Antisense and RNA interference 45

3.9 Systems biology 47

3.10 Potential laboratory biohazards of genetic engineering 47

Chapter 4 Bioprocess/fermentation technology 49

4.1 Introduction 49

4.2 Principles of microbial growth 53

4.3 The bioreactor 57

4.4 Scale-up 63

4.5 Media design for fermentation processes 63

4.6 Solid substrate fermentation 65

4.7 Technology of mammalian and plant cell culture 67

4.8 Metabolic engineering 70

4.9 Downstream processing 71

Chapter 5 Enzyme technology 73

5.1 The nature of enzymes 73

5.2 The application of enzymes 75

5.3 Selection and development of producer strains for enzyme production 81

5.4 The technology of enzyme production 84

5.5 Immobilised enzymes 88

Chapter 6 Biological fuel generation 95

6.1 Global warming and the significance of fossil fuels 95

6.2 Photosynthesis: the ultimateenergy source 96

6.3 Biofuels from biomass 97

6.4 Bioethanol from biomass 99

6.5 Biodiesel 103

6.6 Methane 104

6.7 Hydrogen 107

6.8 The way ahead for biofuels 108

6.9 Contrasting views on climate change 109

Chapter 7 Environmental biotechnology 110

7.1 Introduction 110

7.2 Microbial ecology/environmental biotechnology 112

7.3 Waste water and sewage treatment 113

7.4 Landfill technologies 118

7.5 Composting 119

7.6 Bioremediation 122

7.7 Detection and monitoring of pollutants 126

7.8 Microbes and the geological environment 126

7.9 Environmental sustainability and clean technology 130

Chapter 8 Plant and forest biotechnology 133

8.1 Introduction 133

8.2 Plant biotechnology 134

8.3 Forest biotechnology 146

Chapter 9 Animal and insect biotechnology 149

9.1 Introduction 149

9.2 Genetic manipulation and transgenic animals 150

9.3 Genetically engineered hormones and vaccines 154

9.4 Animal organs for human patients 156

9.5 Genetically modified insects 157

9.6 A look to the future 157

9.7 Diagnostics in plant and animal agriculture 158

Chapter 10 Food and beverage biotechnology 161

10.1 Introduction 161

10.2 Food and beverage fermentations 164

10.3 Microorganisms as food 178

10.4 Enzymes and food processing 185

10.5 Amino acids, vitamins and sweeteners 186

10.6 Organic acids and polysaccharides 188

10.7 Rapid diagnostics 188

10.8 Bioprocess technology 189

10.9 Public acceptance and safety of new biotechnology foods 189

Chapter 11 Biotechnology and medicine 190

11.1 Introduction 190

11.2 Pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals 192

11.3 Antibiotics 193

11.4 Vaccines and monoclonal antibodies 196

11.5 Biopharmaceuticals/therapeutic proteins 201

11.6 Pharmacogenetics 205

11.7 Molecular biology and human disease 206

11.8 Diagnostics in developing countries 206

11.9 Gene therapy 207

11.10 Systems biology and medicine 209

Chapter 12 Stem cell biotechnology 211

12.1 The nature of stem cells 211

12.2 Stem cell cultivation 213

12.3 Human-animal embryos 215

12.4 Commercial potential for stem cell therapies 216

Chapter 13 Protection of biotechnological inventions 218

13.1 Introduction 218

13.2 Patent protection 219

13.3 Trade secrets 222

13.4 Plant breeders' rights 223

Chapter 14 Safety in biotechnology 224

14.1 Introduction 224

14.2 Concepts of hazard and risk 224

14.3 Problems of organism pathogenicity 225

14.4 Problems of biologically active biotechnology products 227

14.5 Biowarfare and bioterrorism 228

Chapter 15 Public perception of biotechnology: genetic engineering - safety, social, moral and ethical considerations 232

15.1 Introduction 232

15.2 Release of genetically manipulated organisms into the environment 234

15.3 Genetic modification and food uses 236

15.4 The applications of human genetic research 242

Chapter 16 Looking to the future 245

Glossary 250

Further reading 254

Index 263

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