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Biotechnology will undoubtedly be the major technology of the twenty-first century. It concerns the practical application of biological organisms or their various components to the benefit of humankind, and spans a multitude of modern and traditional industries. The rise of genetic engineering, genomics, proteomics and the creation of transgenic crops and animals has revolutionised activities as varied as brewing beer, the treatment of sewage and wastewater, to drug development and agriculture. In this expanded fourth edition of his popular textbook, John Smith once again demystifies biotechnology, and especially genetic manipulation, clearly and accessibly explaining the history, techniques, and applications of modern biotechnology for students and the general reader. All aspects of biotechnology are covered and a positive stance is taken concerning the potential benefits to human society. In this edition, greater emphasis is given to the public perception of biotechnology and the ethical and safety questions more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 50 b/w illus.
  • 1139167219
  • 9781139167215

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The nature of biotechnology; 2. Substrates for biotechnology; 3. Genetics and biotechnology; 4. Bioprocess/fermentation technology; 5. Enzyme technology; 6. Biological fuel generation; 7. Single cell protein (SCP); 8. Biotechnology and medicine; 9. Environmental biotechnology; 10. Biotechnology in the agricultural and forestry industries; 11. Food and beverage biotechnology; 12. Protection of biotechnological inventions; 13. Safety in biotechnology; 14. Public perception of biotechnology: genetic engineering - safety, social, moral and ethical considerations; 15. Looking to the future; Glossary; Further reading; more

About John E. Smith

John E. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Applied Microbiology in the Department of Bioscience, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, more

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