Biotechnology and its Applications: Using Cells to Change the World, Second Edition introduces students to the world of biotechnology in a way that runs deeper than a mere survey. Sections cover basic science, introduce cells, explain how they behave, what they are made of, demonstrate the biotechnological application of scientific principles in the laboratory, and present biotechnologies "in the real world.¿ Examples include recombinant proteins available to millions of patients, plants that have been engineered to produce food for people around the world, and regenerative medicine that may someday allow patients to receive organs that have been grown from their own cells.
The updated edition has been expanded with the most current information available, with new chapters on gene editing, bioremediation, vaccines and immunotherapy, and processing and manufacturing, thus resulting in a modern, robust, yet highly readable applications-oriented introduction to biotechnology.
- Takes an integrated approach from first principles, integrating cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and health science
- Presents side topics of interest throughout ("gee whiz¿ topics) to give students quick mental breaks while still extending their knowledge in a practical sense
- Contains a greatly improved, robust teaching pedagogy to aid student learning
- Features new chapter learning objectives, chapter summaries, highlighted key terms, more end-of-chapter questions, and a new glossary
Unit 1 - The Cell 1. Membranes 2. Proteins 3. Cellular Transport 4. Genes - The Blueprints for Proteins 5. Cell Growth
Unit 2 - Biotechnology in the Laboratory 6. Microbial Killing 7. Cell Culture and the Eukaryotic Cells Used in Biotechnology 8. Fluorescence 9. Locating Transcriptional Control Regions - Deletion Analysis 10. Agarose Gels 11. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 12. Genetic Engineering
Unit 3 - Biotechnology in the "Real World" 13. Gene Delivery 14. RNAi 15. Gene Editing 16. DNA Fingerprinting 17. Fermentation, Beer, and Biofuels 18. Stem cells and tissue engineering 19. Transgenics 20. Patents and Licenses