Offering in-depth coverage of both fundamentals and techniques, Introduction to Biotechnology is ideal for courses in biotechnology and microbiology. In the first part of the text, author Ashim K. Chakravarty discusses the basic structure and functioning of living organisms-including cells, organelles, chromosomes, replication, and biomolecules-and the key principles of biochemical reactions, genetics, and molecular biology. Giving students the practical tools that they will need in order to succeed in the real world, the remainder of the text covers biotechnological techniques including recombinant DNA technology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, enzyme biotechnology, microbiology, plant and animal biotechnology, immunology, and environmental biotechnology.
--Includes numerous illustrations, color plates, and text boxes that bring topics to life
--Discusses the applications of biotechnology in agriculture, engineering, energy, and other related fields, helping students apply their knowledge to future careers
--Features chapters on "Bioethics and Biosafety" (Ch. 15) and "Intellectual Property Rights" (Ch.16)
--Provides rich pedagogical features in each chapter, including chapter summaries, review questions, and biographies of famous biotechnologists
--Includes lab experiments for additional hands-on learning experience
--Features an extensive glossary at the end of the book
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Ashim K. Chakravarty is Professor at the Immunology and Cell Biology Laboratory at the University of North Bengal, Siliguri. He has also served as a research scientist for the Molecular Biology Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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