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Understanding Genes and GMOs / Colin J. Sanderson
Bib ID 3988505
Format BookBook
Author
Sanderson, Colin J
 
Description Singapore : World Scientific, 2007 
xiv, 345 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 9789812703767
9812703764
Summary

"This concise and highly readable book equips the reader with essential information about what genes are, how they work, and how they can be modified and used in biotechnology. The book starts with a summary of the beginnings of life, the structure and components of living organisms, and an outline of genetic engineering. The coverage of human genetics spans race, human evolution and migration, the sex chromosomes, gene therapy, and forensic science. A separate chapter is devoted to the genetics and evolution of some of the major disease-causing organisms. On environmental genetics, the book considers the risks of releasing agricultural GM plants, as well as bioremediation and metal extraction by GM plants. Applications of genetic modification in agriculture - pest-resistant plants, herbicide resistance, and improved foods - are presented as part of a discussion on sustainable agriculture to emphasize the role played by GM plants in relation to chemicals, analytic techniques, and organic farming." - back cover.

Incomplete contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Getting started
  • 2. Life : cells, organisms & evolution
  • 3. How biological molecules are put together
  • 4. What is a gene?
  • 5. How do genes work?
  • 6. Genetic engineering
  • 7. DNA amplification & analysis
  • 8. Genes in the natural world
  • 9. People & our genes
 
Notes

Includes glossary and index.

Includes bibliographies.

Subjects Genetics.  |  Transgenic plants.  |  Transgenic organisms.  |  Human genetics.

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