An Introduction to Genetic Engineering (Studies in Biology)

An Introduction to Genetic Engineering (Studies in Biology)

by Desmond S . T . Nicholl (Author)


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: 182
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 24 Feb 1994

ISBN 10: 0521436346
ISBN 13: 9780521436342
Book Overview: The author presents a basic introduction to the world of genetic engineering.

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. ..presents a basic introduction to the world of genetic engineering...this book simply and concisely describes to the student the full range of enabling technologies available. The book takes the reader from basic molecular biology through to chapters dealing with the principles behind working with nucleic acids, together with cloning strategies and the tools of the trade. The author discusses the applications of genetic engineering in a clear and engaging manner. Biology Digest
. ..the book happily manages to cover all the main principles and techniques of genetic engineering...short but extremely informative...good use is made of diagrams and a glossary, and there are particularly valuable 'concept maps' at the end of each chapter, which provide good summaries of the material discussed. In addition, there are suggestions for further reading. All this makes An Introduction to Genetic Engineering a valuable textbook and I strongly recommend it to all students of biology and medicine, and also to other interested people. Evgenij Loukianov, Trends in Cell Biology
Nicholl writes in a manner that reduces technically challenging subject matter to a unique level of legibility without loss of content....undergraduates and faculty equally will appreciate its value. Choice