An Introduction to Genetic Engineering (Studies in Biology)

An Introduction to Genetic Engineering (Studies in Biology)

by Desmond S . T . Nicholl (Author)

Synopsis

Des Nicholl presents here a new, fully revised, and expanded edition of his popular undergraduate-level textbook. Many of the features of the original edition have been retained; the book still offers a concise technical introduction to the subject of genetic engineering. However, the book is now divided into three main sections: the first introduces students to basic molecular biology, the second section explains the methods used to manipulate genes, and the third deals with modern applications of genetic engineering. A whole chapter is now devoted to the polymerase chain reaction. Applications covered in the book include genomics, protein engineering, gene therapy, cloning, and transgenic animals and plants. A final chapter discusses the ethical questions surrounding genetic engineering in general. An Introduction to Genetic Engineering is essential reading for undergraduate students of biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Edition: 2
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 07 Feb 2002

ISBN 10: 0521004713
ISBN 13: 9780521004718
Book Overview: Concise, clear, affordable textbook for undergraduate biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry courses.

Media Reviews
'... easy to read, clear and well organised ... I certainly recommend it for all sixth-form libraries. In addition, this is an accessible but comprehensive basic text for the undergraduate to use.' Pauline Lowrie, Biology
'An easy to follow narrative, accompanied by simple, clear diagrams, provides the interested student with the background needed ... the book, therefore, fills an important niche and should be brought to the attention of upper-level undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in any branch of biology that makes use of molecular techniques.' ASM News
Nicholl's short treatise, written in a relaxed, conversational tone, bridges the gap between theory and practice. An easy-to-follow narrative, accompanied by simple, clear diagrams, provides the interested student with the background needed to understand where restriction enzymes come from, the principles of gene cloning and expression, how DNase I footprinting works, how to make a transgenic animal, etc. The book, therefore, fills an important niche and should be brought to the attention of upper-level undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in any branch of biology that makes use of molecular techniques. ASM News
Author Bio
DESMOND NICHOLL is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Paisley, Scotland