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Reshaping Life 3RD Edition Key Issues in Geneticby G J V Nossal
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Genetic engineering is one of the most exciting scientific developments this century and this book, an updated version of Sir Gustav Nossal's highly successful first edition, is a simple exposition of this complex subject and its related ethical issues. Comprehensible to the intelligent layman, it describes the fundamentals of molecular genetics and the principles of genetic engineering. The various ways in which gene transfer has revolutionized medical science and the potential for its use in agriculture, mining and waste disposal are described as well as the industries that have grown up based on this technology. The final chapters discuss the ethical considerations, the public policy implications and the future. This new edition contains updated material on the recent technological advances in the field of gene cloning (e.g. genetic fingerprinting) and some early chapters have been extensively updated by Dr Ross Coppel to make the biological concepts even easier to grasp.
Book News Annotation:
Retired Australian medical researcher Nossal and Coppel (microbiology, Monash U.) summarize for general readers the societal debate in light of recent developments. The first edition was published by Melbourne University Press in 1984; no data is cited for the second.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reshaping Life is an authoritative yet easy-to-read description of molecular biology, genetics, and the ethics of genetic engineering. This third edition takes advantage of a decade of progress in genetics and biotechnology, offering a concise description of DNA science and topics such as animal cloning, genetically modified food, and gene therapy, and their concurrent ethical implications.
Reshaping Life is an eminently authoritative and lucid description of modern molecular biology and genetics, and the ethical implications of genetic engineering. Now in its third edition, it is fully revised and updated, taking advantage of a decade of progress in genetics and biotechnology. It offers a concise working knowledge of DNA science and of those aspects of cell biology needed to understand such issues as animal cloning, genetically modified food, and gene therapy. It examines the debates on the sociological and ethical issues surrounding modern technology, laying out the issues for the reader, while urging a rational approach.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 160-162) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The genie is out of the bottle; 2. The organization of life; 3. The mechanics of gene transplantation; 4. Genomes: the encyclopaedias of life; 5. Factories for precious proteins; 6. Genes as diagnostic probes; 7. Gene therapy, cellular engineering and human cloning; 8. Vaccines of the future; 9. Genetically manipulated organisms; 10. The DNA industry; 11. Scientists playing God; 12. Genetic engineering and public policy; 13. Distant horizons; Appendix - Subcellular organelles; Glossary; Suggestions for further reading; Index.
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