The Thread Of Life

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  • Author: Susan Aldridge
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN-13: 9780521625098
  • Pages: 258
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2008


About The Book

In this fascinating book, Susan Aldridge gives an accessible guide to the world of DNA and also explores the applications of genetic engineering in biotechnology. She takes the reader, step by step, through the fascinating study of molecular biology, examining DNA and its function within living organisms as well as aspects of genetic engineering and its applications to humans. Aldridge also looks at the wider world of biotechnology and how genetic engineering can be applied to such problems as producing vegetarian cheese or cleaning up the environment

  • Accessible introduction to one of the hottest topics in science today
  • Examines DNA and genetic issues in humans and the animal and plant world
  • Will suit a general readership – especially written for this market

Table Of Contents

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Part I. What is DNA?:
1. DNA is life’s blueprint
2. DNA in action
3. A close up of the genome
4. Where did DNA come from?
Part II. Engineering Genes:
5. Genetic engineering
6. Creating new life forms
7. Genes – the human angle

8. New genes for old
Part III. Biotechnology:
9. The wide world of biotechnology
10. Plant power
11. Environmental solutions
Part IV. The Final Frontier:
12. Beyond DNA
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