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by Susan Aldridge

  • Author: Susan Aldridge
  • ISBN: 0521625092
  • ISBN13: 978-0521625098
  • ePub: 1856 kb | FB2: 1735 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Biological Sciences
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 28, 1998)
  • Pages: 272
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 610
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The Thread of Life: The Story of Genes and Genetic Engineering (Canto) ePub download

In this fascinating book, Susan Aldridge . Aldridge also looks at the wider world of biotechnology and how genetic engineering can be applied to such problems as producing vegetarian cheese or cleaning up the environment.

She takes the reader, step by step, through the fascinating study of molecular biology, examining DNA and its function within living organisms as well as aspects of genetic engineering and its applications to humans.

It explains how genes work and how technology enables scientists to manipulate them, as well as discussing the ethical issues. This is compulsive reading for anyone interested in modern science. Hardcover: 272 pages. Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 29, 1996).

The Thread of Life book. She takes the reader, step by step, through the fascinating study of molecular biology, examining DNA and its function within living organisms as well as aspects of genetic engineering and its applications to humans.

this complementary pair of books, Susan Aldridge’s The Thread of Life and Philip Kitcher’s Lives to Come

Anyone looking for a dependable insight into the applications and implications of molecular genetics on what is really happening and what realistically might happen in future, can be directed with confidence towards this complementary pair of books, Susan Aldridge’s The Thread of Life and Philip Kitcher’s Lives to Come. DNA is a database introduces a description of gene expression and the genetic code.

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Engineering Genes 5. Genetic engineering 6. Creating new life forms 7. Genes: the human angle 8. New genes . Susan Aldridge has written a fine book. It can be confidently recommended both to students and scientists in other fields, and to general readers. New genes for old. Part III. Biotechnology 9. The wide world of biotechnology 10. Plant power 11. Environmental solutions 1. Susan Aldridge's volume is one of the best an extremely clear writer, and refreshingly free of the bombast that often marks books in this field her knowledge and skill make her an excellent guide. Jon Turney, The Times Higher Educational Supplement.

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Good Condition: A book that has been read, but is in good condition. Minimal damage to the book cover eg. scuff marks, but no holes or tears. If this is a hard cover, the dust jacket may be missing. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with some creasing or tearing, and pencil underlining of text, but this is minimal.

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In this fascinating book, Susan Aldridge gives an accessible guide to the world of DNA and also explores the applications of genetic engineering in biotechnology. She takes the reader, step by step, through the fascinating study of molecular biology, examining DNA and its function within living organisms as well as aspects of genetic engineering and its applications to humans. Aldridge also looks at the wider world of biotechnology and how genetic engineering can be applied to such problems as producing vegetarian cheese or cleaning up the environment.
Simple
I happened to pick this book up free for Kindle and now I feel guilty because it is so good. I'm no scientist but this book speaks in very plain language. It builds like a mystery, taking the reader through the various discoveries and techniques that were used to identify DNA, genes, and the like.

The author has a nice pace and delivery, even making the challenging topic of Chemistry accessible to the lay-person.

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in genetic engineering.
Timberahue
very useful information about DNA for the intelligent layman. I think it's an old book, but still very good.
Blackstalker
I found myself enjoying this book after punching through the initial chapters that served as the science primer for defining DNA. The author gets credit for laying out the biological concepts that the reader will need to know to understand the material that comes later (e.g., genetic engineering). Assuming you have no prior background, you'll need to learn these concepts before you can follow the various applications of genetic engineering she goes into. The writing style is lean, but doesn't gloss over the complexity of the subject.
The book shines in its treatment of genetic engineering and biotechnology. And unlike a number of more recent books doesn't get fixated on the human genome project or sequencing in general. Actually, even with the book being several years old, I found many of the topics covered to be of interest even to date. Examples include a discussion of the "selfish gene" (proposed by Richard Dawkins), the theory of endosymbiosis pioneered by Lynn Margulis, the "ice-minus" bacteria used to keep strawberries from frost damage, and the genetically engineered "flavor-saver" tomato.
The applications of genetic engineering described in the book are definitely relevant and important (e.g., cloning, drug discovery, plant science, and environmental cleanup). And to the author's credit, she doesn't appear to take too strong a position on either side of the biotechnology ethic's debate.
Shalinrad
This is a straightforward exposition; it doesn't try to come at the material from a novel angle (cf Ridley's "Genome), nor does it dwell on arguments such as nature vs. nurture. What it does do is explain the science in remarkable depth in a short book. For me, much of the material was review/clarification, but I suspect it would work for those with less background. Aldridge is disciplined in what she covers, writes clearly, uses diagrams when it will help, and seems to choose just the correct level of detail. She includes details you might not expect to find, when they are important: for example, some human proteins cannot be made by bacteria because humans add sugars to these protein molecules AFTER they are created using RNA, and bacteria do not have this capability. I do wish the index were more complete, it just is not helpful enough if you wish to review something covered earlier. Also, in the last section on bio-technology, Aldridge is much less disciplined, tries to cover too much too fast, and I found myself with numerous unanswered questions.
Malanim
I learned a great deal from this book and enjoyed reading it. However I sometimes felt like the "tour" was moving too fast...great breadth but (perhaps unavoidably) not much depth. Additional figures and diagrams would have been helpful. I was surprised that there was no mention of the increasingly important role of computer science / bioinformatics. Still, if you are looking for a primer on the fundamental scientific methods, and an objective presentation of the key issues, this is a good place to start. A great many scientific ideas packed into a small volume.
Ese
This book gives the most clear and concise description of the workings of DNA and basic life biochemistry that I have read. It has been successful in clearing up many of the most difficult aspects of this subject matter for me. Ms Aldridge is a very effective writer and educator for this complex subject matter.
Anayajurus
A pretty nice introduction to genes, sequencing, genetic engineering, and related topics. Ms. Aldridge is mostly very clear, interesting, and impartial. She manages to include a little bit about a lot of the relevant and topical issues.
I wish I could give this book ZERO stars
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