Biotechnology: Demystifying the Concepts not only presents key concepts in biotechnology but examines the far-reaching social, ethical and political issues raised by this evolving field. The text begins with basic scientific concepts, then guides students through multi-staged biotechnical applications, and finally explores biotechnology's effects on today's society and on future generations. Abundant examples, based on real life issues, illustrate and clarify topic discussions.
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to Living Things.
2. Molecular Biology: The Flow of Information within Cells.
3. Chromosomes, Cell Division, and Sexual Reproduction.
4. Mendelian Genetics.
5. Mutations and Genetic Disease.
6. Complexities of Genetics: Polygenes, Behavioral Traits, and Eugenics.
7. Biological Control.
8. Genetic Engineering: Tools and Techniques.
9. More Genetic Engineering: Analysis of DNA and Applications.
10. Genetic Disease and Gene Therapy.
12. Monoclonal Antibody Technology.
13. AIDS and HIV.
15. The Business of Biotechnology in the United States.
16. Biotechnology in the Developing World.
17. What Now?