Biotechnology for Beginners, Second Edition, presents the latest information and developments from the field of biotechnology-the applied science of using living organisms and their by-products for commercial development-which has grown and evolved to such an extent over the past few years that increasing numbers of professionals work in areas that are directly impacted by the science. For the first time, this book offers an exciting and colorful overview of biotechnology for professionals and students in a wide array of the life sciences, including genetics, immunology, biochemistry, agronomy, and animal science.
This book also appeals to the lay reader without a scientific background who is interested in an entertaining and informative introduction to the key aspects of biotechnology. Authors Renneberg and Demain discuss the opportunities and risks of individual technologies and provide historical data in easy-to-reference boxes, highlighting key topics. The book covers all major aspects of the field, from food biotechnology to enzymes, genetic engineering, viruses, antibodies, and vaccines, to environmental biotechnology, transgenic animals, analytical biotechnology, and the human genome. This stimulating book is the most user-friendly source for a comprehensive overview of this complex field.
1. Beer, Bread, and Cheese: The Tasty Side of Biotechnology 2. Enzymes: Molecular Supercatalysts for Use at Home and in Industry 3. The Wonders of Gene Technology 4. White Biotechnology: Cells as Synthetic Factories 5. Viruses, Antibodies, and Vaccines 6. Environmental Biotechnology: From One-Way Streets to Traffic Circles 7. Green Biotechnology 8. Embryos, Clones, and Transgenic Animals 9. Myocardial Infarction, Cancer, and Stem Cells: Biotechnology is a Life Saver 10. Analytical Biotechnology and the Human Genome
Reinhard Renneberg received his PhD at Central Institute of Molecular Biology, Berlin, German Democratic Republic in 1979. Since 1995 Professor Renneberg has been heading the Biosensor group at the Department of Chemistry of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is an expert in biotests, biosensors and signal amplification technologies. Dr. Renneberg is also the inventor of Cardiodetect, a rapid fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) immunotest which allows diagnosis or exclusion of acute myocardial infarction within half an hour after the onset of symptom and of InfectCheck, a barcode-style lateral flow assay for semi-quantitative detection of C-reactive protein (CRP) in distinguishing between bacterial and viral infections.
Dr. Renneberg is the author of several books on biotechnology, including the award-winning textbook Biotechnology for Beginners which the university includes in many of its training packages. He advises a wide range of biotechnology companies as expert content provider, pedagogical expert and top-level academic relay for biotechnology education.
Vanya Loroch Professor, Biotech-inspired sustainable business practices, Business School Lausanne, Chavannes, Switzerland.
Vanya Loroch, PhD is a Professor in Biotech-inspired sustainable business practices at Business School Lausanne and an independent educator in biology and biotechnology serving all non-biologists working in the life science industries.