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Biotechnology and its Applications. Using Cells to Change the World. Edition No. 2

  • Book

  • March 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5137639

Biotechnology and its Applications: Using Cells to Change the World, Second Edition introduces students to the world of biotechnology in a way that runs deeper than a mere survey. Sections cover basic science, introduce cells, explain how they behave, what they are made of, demonstrate the biotechnological application of scientific principles in the laboratory, and present biotechnologies "in the real world.� Examples include recombinant proteins available to millions of patients, plants that have been engineered to produce food for people around the world, and regenerative medicine that may someday allow patients to receive organs that have been grown from their own cells.

The updated edition has been expanded with the most current information available, with new chapters on gene editing, bioremediation, vaccines and immunotherapy, and processing and manufacturing, thus resulting in a modern, robust, yet highly readable applications-oriented introduction to biotechnology.

Table of Contents

The cell 1. An introduction to biotechnology 2. Voyage into the cell 3. Proteins 4. Genes: the blueprints for proteins 5. Cell growth

Biotechnology in the laboratory 6. Microbial killing 7. Cell culture and the eukaryotic cells used in biotechnology 8. Fluorescence 9. Agarose gels 10. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 11. Genetic engineering

Biotechnology in the real world 12. Gene delivery 13. RNAi 14. Genome editing 15. DNA fingerprinting 16. Fermentation, beer, and biofuels 17. Stem cells, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine 18. Transgenics and genetically modified organisms in agriculture 19. Patents and licenses


W.T. Godbey Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA. W. T. Godbey is the Paul H. and Donna D. Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering at Tulane University. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Southern Methodist University in 1988. After a successful period that involved starting his own software design and development company in Dallas, Texas, he joined the fields of science and engineering and earned his PhD as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow from the Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University in 2000. From 2000-2003 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Childrens Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School. He joined the Tulane University faculty in 2003.