Praise for the previous editions:
"...the ultimate resource for students, teachers, and library media specialists...a fact-finder's dream...an excellent starting point for almost any research on the topic."—Booklist, starred review
"...presents essential information on this contemporary, controversial topic in a well-organized and easily accessible format."—Choice
"...a library's worth of information in a single reference book, and an excellent starting point for serious research."—Christian Library Journal
From viruses to humans, each organism on earth is made up of genes that provide a blueprint to how that organism functions. As technology and science have progressed, so too have the depth and extent of biotechnology and genetic engineering. The use of biotechnology and genetic engineering has implications on all aspects of life—from the foods people eat to the way diseases are treated. As scientists and researchers discover more about this emerging field, moral concerns become a heated topic for people who question just how far this technology should reach.
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Third Edition chronicles the developments and resulting controversies in this field, from the study of fermentation by French chemist Louis Pasteur in the 1850s to the nascent field of synthetic biology. Discussion of recent court cases such as United States v. Kincade provides multiple perspectives and decisions surrounding this issue while also plotting a course for future debate. A comprehensive overview essay, capsule biographies, a large annotated bibliography, a chronology of significant events, organization and agency listings, and a glossary also provide invaluable information for students, teachers, librarians, scientists, medical personnel, and general readers to explore the controversy surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering.
- Whether or not genetically modified food impacts the environment and health
- How biotechnology has transformed the pharmaceutical industry
- The legal implications of genetic testing
- and more.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronology.
About the Author(s)
Lisa Yount is a graduate of Stanford University in English and creative writing. For approximately 40 years, she has written educational materials for young people. She has written or edited more than 50 published books, nine of which have won awards or been included on "most recommended" lists. Her books for Facts On File include Animal Rights, Revised Edition; Energy Supply; and A to Z of Women in Science and Math, Revised Edition.