All Shops
We're still open for business - read our Brexit and Covid-19 statements

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Environmental & Social Studies  Economics, Politics & Policy  Science & Technology  Biotechnology & the Environment

Biotech: Science, Politics, and the Birth of an Industry

Out of Print
By: Eric J. Vettel
296 pages, 20 illus
Biotech: Science, Politics, and the Birth of an Industry
Click to have a closer look
  • Biotech: Science, Politics, and the Birth of an Industry ISBN: 9780812239478 Hardback Jun 2006 Out of Print #157540
About this book Biography Related titles

About this book

Biotech chronicles the story behind genetic engineering, recombinant DNA, cloning, and stem-cell research. It is a story about the meteoric rise of government support for scientific research during the Cold War, about activists and student protesters in the Vietnam era pressing for a new purpose in science, about politicians creating policy that alters the course of science, and also about the release of powerful entrepreneurial energies in universities and in venture capital that few realized existed. Most of all, it is a story about people-not just biologists but also followers and opponents who knew nothing about the biological sciences yet cared deeply about how biological research was done and how the resulting knowledge was used. Vettel weaves together these stories to illustrate how the biotechnology industry was born in the San Francisco Bay area, examining the anomalies, ironies, and paradoxes that contributed to its rise. Culled from oral histories, university records, and private corporate archives, including Cetus, the world's first biotechnology company, this compelling history shows how a cultural and political revolution in the 1960s resulted in a new scientific order: the practical application of biological knowledge supported by private investors expecting profitable returns eclipsed basic research supported by government agencies.

Customer Reviews

Biography

Eric J. Vettel is the Bancroft Postdoctoral Fellow in United States History at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founding Executive Director of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Virginia.
Out of Print
By: Eric J. Vettel
296 pages, 20 illus
Media reviews
Eric Vettel ably illuminates the political economy of science at the end of the 1960s, including the impact on attitudes among younger bioscientists of the demand for relevance in research; and he provides a riveting on-the-ground account of how in the Bay Area that response helped give birth to the region's biotechnology industry. This is a valuable book, deeply researched and altogether readable.-Daniel Kevles, Yale University "The wide range of economic, social, cultural, and personal factors chronicled in the book-particularly the interaction between the institutional and personal-gives the reader a deep appreciation of the subtle and complex forces at work during this tumultuous period in U.S. history... [Biotech] offers a provocative early look at an enterprise that is sure to receive much more scholarly analysis in the years to come."-American Historical Review "Compelling, well-documented, and important... [Biotech] helps us begin to see some of the complex questions that we will have to address in deciding how much and which basic research, applied science, and technological application we want."-BioScience "This is one of those rare books... What is passed over or hinted at in other histories is here explored in depth and with the skill that comes from a sympathetic familiarity with his subject and subjects... The only history of the field I will keep and recommend."-Nature Biotechnology
Current promotions
British WildlifeIvy PressBacklist Bargains 2021Order your free copy of our 2020 equipment catalogue