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Thoroughly updated with practical information on the latest developments in the biotechnology field, this popular text provides the tools, practice, and basic knowledge for success in the biotech workforce. With its balanced coverage of basic cell and molecular biology, fundamental techniques, historical accounts, and hands-on applications, the Second Edition emphasizes the relevance of biotechnology in agriculture, medicine, and industry. Special sections on ethical and environmental issues in biotechnology, career profiles, and research "tools" are also highlighted in the book. The second edition features a thoroughly revised chapter on ethics.
1. The Biotechnology Century and Its Workforce
2. An Introduction to Genes and Genomes
3. Recombinant DNA Technology and Genomics
4. Proteins as Products
5. Microbial Biotechnology
6. Plant Biotechnology
7. Animal Biotechnology
8. DNA Fingerprinting and Forensic Analysis
10. Aquatic Biotechnology
11. Medical Biotechnology
12. Biotechnology Regulations
13. Ethics and Biotechnology
Appendix I: Answers to Questions
Appendix II: The 20 Amino Acids of Proteins
William Thieman, formerly of Ventura College, chaired one of the leading biotech programs in California.
Co-author Michael A. Palladino is a molecular biologist with considerable experience in directing undergraduate student research in recombinant DNA technology; he is co-author of "Concepts of Genetics" as well as "Understanding the Human Genome Project".