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Medical Biotechnology. Edition No. 1. ASM Books

  • ID: 5227434
  • Book
  • December 2013
  • 758 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

The future is now - this groundbreaking textbook illustrates how biotechnology has radically changed the way we think about health care

Biotechnology is delivering not only new products to diagnose, prevent, and treat human disease but entirely new approaches to a wide range of difficult biomedical challenges. Because of advances in biotechnology, hundreds of new therapeutic agents, diagnostic tests, and vaccines have been developed and are available in the marketplace.

In this jargon-free, easy-to-read textbook, the authors demystify the discipline of medical biotechnology and present a roadmap that provides a fundamental understanding of the wide-ranging approaches pursued by scientists to diagnose, prevent, and treat medical conditions.

Medical Biotechnology is written to educate premed and medical students, dental students, pharmacists, optometrists, nurses, nutritionists, genetic counselors, hospital administrators, and individuals who are stakeholders in the understanding and advancement of biotechnology and its impact on the practice of modern medicine.

Hardcover, 700 pages, full-color illustrations throughout, glossary, index.

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About the Authors

Section I: The Biology behind the Technology

Chapter 1: Fundamental Technologies

Molecular Cloning

Genomic Libraries

Amplification of DNA Using PCR

DNA Sequencing Technologies

Sequencing Whole Genomes


Chapter 2: Fundamental Concepts in Immunology

The Immune Response

Functions of the Immune System

Cells of the Immune System: Cell-Mediated

Tissues of the Immune System

Humoral Immunity

Types of Antibodies: Applications

Immunological Techniques

Chapter 3: The Genetic Basis of Disease

Chromosomal Disorders and Gene Mapping

Single-Gene Disorders

Polygenic Disorders and Gene Clustering

Mitochondrial Disorders

Chapter 4: Immune Pathogenesis

Models of Immune System Lesions

Inflammation and Immune Hypersensitivity

Immunodeficiency Disorders and Defects in Development of the Immune System

Chapter 5: Microbial Pathogenesis


Bacterial Infections

Viral Infections

Section II: Production of Therapeutic Agents

Chapter 6: Modulation of Gene Expression

Manipulating Gene Expression in Prokaryotes

Heterologous Protein Production in Eukaryotic Cells

Directed Mutagenesis

Chapter 7: Genetic Engineering of Plants

Plant Transformation with the Ti Plasmid of A. tumefaciens

Physical Transfer of Genes to Plants

Chloroplast Engineering

Transient Gene Expression

Molecular Pharming

Edible Vaccines

Section III: Diagnosing and Treating Human Disease

Chapter 8: Molecular Diagnostics

Immunological Approaches to Detect Protein Biomarkers of Disease

DNA-Based Approaches to Disease Diagnosis

Detecting RNA Signatures of Disease

Chapter 9: Protein Therapeutics


Recombinant Antibodies


Lactic Acid Bacteria

Chapter 10: Nucleic Acid Therapeutic Agents and Human Gene Therapy

Treating Genetic and Nongenetic Disorders

Targeting Specific mRNAs and DNAs

Viral Delivery Systems

Nonviral Nucleic Acid Delivery Systems

Gene Therapy

Chapter 11: Vaccines

Vaccination: Overview

Subunit Vaccines

Peptide Vaccines

Dendritic Cell Vaccines

DNA Vaccines

Attenuated Vaccines

Vector Vaccines


Systems Biology and Evaluation of Vaccines

Chapter 12: Societal Issues

Safety and Ethical Issues

Patenting Biotechnology

Economic Issues



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Bernard R. Glick University of Waterloo.

Cheryl L. Patten
Terry L. Delovitch
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