The Facts on File Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

The Facts on File Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

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Baker & Taylor
Defines more than three thousand terms, and serves the research needs of both the student and the advanced researcher.

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Featuring more than 3,000 alphabetically-arranged, cross-referenced entries, this dictionary provides a wealth of information related to modern biotechnology and genetic engineering. A sampling of topics includes ABC transporter, cell-mediated immunity, Herceptin, Frederick Sanger, and von Willebrand disease. The accessible text is aimed at high school students and general readers who have an elementary knowledge of basic biology and biochemistry. Supplemental materials found in the appendix include (for example) a list of acronyms, a diagram of the genetic code, and reviews of bioinformatics websites. Steinberg teaches biochemistry at City College of New York. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"This dictionary does a comprehensive job of covering these two dynamic and expansive fields of science...helpful diagrams and very useful appendices...a must for anyone teaching in these areas." Science Books and Films

The Facts On File Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Third Edition is an important reference tool for students, teachers, physicians, science and technical writers, and anyone looking for a concise source of current information in this fast-breaking field. This dictionary provides readers with access to the basic vocabulary of modern biotechnology and genetic engineering so that even those with an elementary knowledge of basic biology and biochemistry will be able to follow any developments in this field.

With more than 3,000 cross-referenced entries more than 250 new to this edition this dictionary has been updated and expanded to account for the new developments and new terminology in the rapidly evolving areas of genomics, bioinformatics, cell signaling, and molecular medicine. In addition, a number of biochemical terms pertaining to recent advances in medicines for the treatment of viral diseases, mental illness, cholesterol metabolism, plant engineering, and stem cell research have been included as well.

New and revised entries include:
  • Alpha-blockers
  • Avastin
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMP)
  • Comparative genomics
  • C-reactive protein
  • Gleevec
  • Herceptin
  • Metabolomics
  • Ortholog
  • Prion
  • RNA interference (RNAi)
  • Statins
  • and many more.

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Dictionary covering the basic vocabulary of modern biotechnolo gy and genetic engineering.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2006
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780816063512
Characteristics: x, 275 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cosloy, Sharon D.
Facts on File, Inc


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