Understanding Biotechnology

Understanding Biotechnology : An Integrated and Cyber-Based Approach

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For introductory courses in Biotechnology; can also be used as a supplementary text for any Biotechnology course.The only text on the market with comprehensive coverage of biotechnology at an introductory level, this timely book has an easy-to-read style that makes it suitable for those students with or without a background in biology. While emphasizing biotechnology's core principles and practices, its cyber-based approach allows a built-in mechanism for updating information in the rapidly evolving biotech field.show more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 210.82 x 274.32 x 17.78mm | 839.14g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130945005
  • 9780130945006

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BIOTECHNOLOGY is a rapidly-evolving field in which new information is generated at an astronomical rate. "Understanding Biotechnology: An Integrated and Cyber-Based Approach" is a textbook designed to enable the reader to quickly access the most current information as well as obtain alternative perspectives on various subjects. Furthermore, while the applications of biotechnology are varied, the principles and concepts are essentially the same. Consequently, an integrated approach to the presentation provides a holistic understanding of the subject of biotechnology. KEY FEATURES: Each chapter begins with a list of Expected Outcomes and ends with an Outcomes Assessment to ensure one's understanding of the material presented Copious photographs and line drawings A list of Internet sites at the end of each chapter, for further reading and graphical illustrations Internet links to sites where significant biotechnology activities are in progress Extensive glossary of terms Coverage of biotechnology applications in agriculture, medicine/health, industry, and environment A discussion of the controversies surrounding the development and application of biotechnology The book is comprehensive in its coverage and is suitable as a text for an introductory course in general biotechnology in any academic discipline. It provides a detailed discussion of the underlying science and technology of biotechnology presented at a level that can be appreciated by non-science majors. It is also useful as a supplement to an early graduate course in biotechnology. In addition, anyone who is interested in learning about biotechnology in a non-formal setting will find this book tremendously interesting and useful.show more

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.show more