By: M Avramovic
210 pages, Tabs
Investigates how the developments in biotechnology have affected the communities in the third world which may lack the necessary financial strength and technological infrastructure.
Scientific evolution and definition of biotechnology: generations of biotechnology, recent developments and scope of use. Salient features of biotechnology growth in industrialized countries: sectors of applications; organization of the industry; geographical distribution of biotechnology activity; business performance, costs and prices; sources of business finance. Implications for developing countries: domestic financial constraints in developing countries; access to foreign finance; a possible biotechnology priority for developing countries - diagnostic products; the place of the diagnostics industry in the biotechnology industrial sequence. Appendices: patents and intellectual property rights; DNA hybridization probe technology; problems and prospects of applying biotechnology to agriculture in developing countries - highlights; subunit and anti-id vaccines; monoclonal antibodies as therapeutics - past problems and recent technical advances.
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