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Biotechnology Unzipped

Author : Eric S. Grace
ISBN : 9780309096218
Genre : Science
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"Biotechnology" may raise more hope and fear...revelation and confusion...excitement and alarm than any other term in today's headlines. In Biotechnology Unzipped, scientist and skilled science popularizer Eric Grace helps readers understand what biotechnology is and what implications it holds for all of us. Grace offers a reader-friendly explanation of how we came to where we are--from the coining of the word "cell" in 1665 through Darwin's breakthrough insight on evolution and the unraveling of the DNA helix to the 1997 announcement of the cloning of Dolly the sheep. This book uses everyday metaphors to help readers understand the genetic code and how it works to produce every form of life. Grace deals frankly with the reality that biotechnology is first and foremost a commercial activity. Focusing on the ethical implications, he looks at the scope of public opinion, the role of the media, the vulnerability of the poor to exploitation, and the problem of patenting life itself. Grace explores the promises and realities of biotechnology in major arenas: The human body. The medical industry is today's biggest customer for biotechnology, and Grace presents its application as a continuum from the earliest experiments with skin grafting in the 1800s. He reports on the progress of gene therapy and other medical marvels--yet Grace argues that high-tech medicine does not guarantee longer, healthier lives any more than high-tech weapons guarantee world peace. The farm. Is biotechnology the answer to world hunger or is it self-serving rhetoric from agribusiness? Grace explores the reality between these two points of view through examples, including the controversy over bovine growth hormone, increased use of herbicides and pesticides, and genetic modification of plants. The environment. Biotechnology Unzipped looks at the promise of microbes cleaning up pollutants such as the Exxon Valdez spill. Alternate Selection, Newbridge Science Book Club

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From Alchemy To Ipo

Author : Cynthia Robbins-Roth
ISBN : 073820482X
Genre : Business & Economics
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Analyzing the impact of biotechnology on everyday life and business, this fascinating book by an industry insider paints a vivid portrait of this emerging and powerful branch of science and technology. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Infecting Ourselves

Author : Anne Platt
ISBN : UOM:39015037446450
Genre : Communicable diseases.
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Reshaping Life

Author : Gustav Joseph Victor Nossal
ISBN : 0522849946
Genre : Electronic books
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How far should scientists go in exploring the secrets of life? As political responses to the questions this text poses will affect us all, informed public understanding is crucial.

The Search For The Gene

Author : Bruce Wallace
ISBN : 0801499674
Genre : Science
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From Gregor Mendel's experiments on garden peas to the mammoth Human Genome Project of today—how did we get where we are in the science of genetics? In this intriguing book, Bruce Wallace examines the concept of the gene and recounts the history of genetic research, providing a concise transition from genetics to modern molecular biology.

Redesigning Humans

Author : Gregory Stock
ISBN : 061806026X
Genre : Science
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Examines potential uses for genetic technology, including the ability to identify and manipulate genes, and the social and moral consequences of such decisions.

Genetic Alchemy

Author : Sheldon Krimsky
ISBN : 0262610388
Genre : Philosophy
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Genetic Alchemy summarizes and clarifies the background of policy and ethical issues, the debates engendered by uncertain risks to researchers and the population at large, and the roles played by scientists involved in one of the most prominent and controversial new technologies, gene splicing. The author, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University, brings to the topic his experience on the Cambridge Review Board as it considered the siting of a recombinant DNA research facility, and on the NIH's Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

Lords Of The Harvest

Author : Daniel Charles
ISBN : 0738202916
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The controversy over genetically engineered foods is chronicled in a study that takes readers deep into the heart of the new biotech food empire.

Altered Fates

Author : Jeff Lyon
ISBN : 0393315282
Genre : Medical
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Considers the unprecedented medical revolution in gene therapy, and explores the human passion, jealousy, politics, and drama behind the scenes

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