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Biotechnology Unzipped

Author : A Joseph Henry Press book
ISBN : 0309130751
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

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.

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.

Genetic Engineering

Author : Jeff G. Williams
ISBN : UVA:X004007724
Genre : Science
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In the six years since the publication of the first edition, there have been significant improvements in the techniques designed to isolate, analyse and use eukaryotic genes. Genetic Engineering Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated.

Fundamentals Of Microfabrication

Author : Marc J. Madou
ISBN : 9781482274004
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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MEMS technology and applications have grown at a tremendous pace, while structural dimensions have grown smaller and smaller, reaching down even to the molecular level. With this movement have come new types of applications and rapid advances in the technologies and techniques needed to fabricate the increasingly miniature devices that are literally changing our world. A bestseller in its first edition, Fundamentals of Microfabrication, Second Edition reflects the many developments in methods, materials, and applications that have emerged recently. Renowned author Marc Madou has added exercise sets to each chapter, thus answering the need for a textbook in this field. Fundamentals of Microfabrication, Second Edition offers unique, in-depth coverage of the science of miniaturization, its methods, and materials. From the fundamentals of lithography through bonding and packaging to quantum structures and molecular engineering, it provides the background, tools, and directions you need to confidently choose fabrication methods and materials for a particular miniaturization problem. New in the Second Edition Revised chapters that reflect the many recent advances in the field Updated and enhanced discussions of topics including DNA arrays, microfluidics, micromolding techniques, and nanotechnology In-depth coverage of bio-MEMs, RF-MEMs, high-temperature, and optical MEMs. Many more links to the Web Problem sets in each chapter

Living Weapons

Author : Gregory D. Koblentz
ISBN : 9780801457661
Genre : Political Science
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"Biological weapons are widely feared, yet rarely used. Biological weapons were the first weapon prohibited by an international treaty, yet the proliferation of these weapons increased after they were banned in 1972. Biological weapons are frequently called ‛the poor man’s atomic bomb,’ yet they cannot provide the same deterrent capability as nuclear weapons. One of my goals in this book is to explain the underlying principles of these apparent paradoxes."-from Living Weapons Biological weapons are the least well understood of the so-called weapons of mass destruction. Unlike nuclear and chemical weapons, biological weapons are composed of, or derived from, living organisms. In Living Weapons, Gregory D. Koblentz provides a comprehensive analysis of the unique challenges that biological weapons pose for international security. At a time when the United States enjoys overwhelming conventional military superiority, biological weapons have emerged as an attractive means for less powerful states and terrorist groups to wage asymmetric warfare. Koblentz also warns that advances in the life sciences have the potential to heighten the lethality and variety of biological weapons. The considerable overlap between the equipment, materials and knowledge required to develop biological weapons, conduct civilian biomedical research, and develop biological defenses creates a multiuse dilemma that limits the effectiveness of verification, hinders civilian oversight, and complicates threat assessments. Living Weapons draws on the American, Soviet, Russian, South African, and Iraqi biological weapons programs to enhance our understanding of the special challenges posed by these weapons for arms control, deterrence, civilian-military relations, and intelligence. Koblentz also examines the aspirations of terrorist groups to develop these weapons and the obstacles they have faced. Biological weapons, Koblentz argues, will continue to threaten international security until defenses against such weapons are improved, governments can reliably detect biological weapon activities, the proliferation of materials and expertise is limited, and international norms against the possession and use of biological weapons are strengthened.

Frankenstein S Cat

Author : Emily Anthes
ISBN : 9781780742168
Genre : Science
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From the petri dish to the pet shop, meet the high-tech menagerie of the near future, as humans reinvent the animal kingdom Fluorescent fish that glow near pollution. Dolphins with prosthetic fins. Robot-armoured beetles that military handlers can send on spy missions. Beloved pet pigs resurrected from DNA. Scientists have already begun to create these high-tech hybrids to serve human whims and needs. What if a cow could be engineered to no longer feel pain – should we design a herd that would assuage our guilt over eating meat? Acclaimed science writer Emily Anthes travels round the globe to meet the fauna of the future, from the Scottish birthplace of Dolly the sheep and other clones to a ‘pharm’ for cancer-fighting chickens. Frankenstein’s Cat is an eye-opening exploration of weird science – and how we are playing god in the animal world.

Shrinking The Cat

Author : Sue Hubbell
ISBN : 0618257489
Genre : Science
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The author of Waiting for Aphrodite explains how humankind has been tinkering with genes for years before recent developments in genetic engineering, focusing on four key species created by humans--the domestic cat, corn, silkworms, and the apple. Reprint.

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.

The Basics Of Reproduction

Author : Anne Wanjie
ISBN : 9781477705643
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 21. 61 MB
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This text offers readers a comprehensive study of animal and plant reproduction that is aligned with the Common Core curriculum standards for science. Readers learn about sexual and asexual reproduction, how the pollination process works, vertebrate and invertebrate reproduction, Darwin’s theories on evolution, and the life cycles of different species. Further, they are introduced to the mechanics of reproduction including the passage of genetic information from parent to offspring, cell division, and the structure of DNA. Human reproduction is also covered, with topics including the male and female reproductive systems, conception, pregnancy, the stages of labor, as well as human development from birth to death. Finally, a biography of geneticist Barbara McClintock is featured, which adds a unifying theme to the overall study of reproduction and how traits are passed from one generation to the next. The eye-catching imagery and diagrams of this dynamic resource make the topic approachable yet authoritative.

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