Glowing Genes

Author: Marc Zimmer
Publisher: Pyr Books
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Marc Zimmer has written the first popular science book on an amazing new area of biotechnology that will help fight cancer, create new products, improve agriculture, and combat terrorism. For more than one hundred and sixty million years, green fluorescent protein has existed in one species of jellyfish. In 1994 it was cloned, giving rise to a host of useful and potentially revolutionary applications in biotechnology. Today researchers are using this ancient glowing protein to pursue exciting new discoveries, from tracking the process of bacterial infection to detecting chemical and biological agents planted by terrorists. A recognized expert in this field, Zimmer begins with an overview of the many uses of these glowing genes to kill and image cancer cells, monitor bacterial infections, and light up in the presence of pollution. He then discusses the biological reasons that glowing proteins first evolved in jellyfish and fireflies, and looks at the history of bioluminescence and the dedicated scientists who devoted their careers to explaining this phenomenon. The story of how "glowing genes" were located, cloned, and then mass-produced is in itself a fascinating tale. Zimmer next turns to the serious, and not-so-serious, uses of fluorescent proteins. In agriculture it may soon be possible to produce crops that signal dryness by glowing. In industry a red fluorescent protein originally found in corals may find a use in sheep as a substitute for environmentally harmful wool dyes. Furthermore, the glowing gene revolution has led to significantly more humane treatment of laboratory animals. No longer must animal lives be sacrificed to understand disease processes; now researchers can observe the spread of cancer and infections by treating animals with green fluorescent genes and similar proteins. In the fight against terrorism a glowing gene has been created that lights up in the presence of anthrax spores, chemical warfare agents, and landmines. And in a completely different arena, we have already seen the emergence of "transgenic art" in Alba, the fluorescent bunny rabbit. Glowing Genes is a highly informative, fascinating, and entertaining read about a burgeoning area of biotechnology that promises soon to revolutionize our world.

Genetic Engineering

Author: Mark Youngblood Herring
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313334733
Format: PDF, ePub
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Presents an overview of genetic engineering, detailing its history, its techniques, and its controversial application in the cloning of animals, modification of foods, genome mapping, DNA profiling, and treatment of disease.

Illuminating Disease

Author: Marc Zimmer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199362815
Format: PDF
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Since scientists began experimenting with green fluorescent proteins in the middle of the 1990s, these proteins have become one of the most important tools available to researchers in modern medicine and biology. By using them to illuminate other proteins that were previously invisible even under microscope, scientists are now able to observe facets of disease that would have otherwise gone undetected. Green fluorescent proteins are a part of over three million experiments a year, and are invaluable for tasks such as tracking HIV, breeding bird flu-resistant chickens, and confirming the existe...

Luminous Pursuit Jellyfish Gfp And The Unforeseen Path To The Nobel Prize

Author: Shimomura Osamu
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9813202181
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book narrates the uniquely intertwined life and scientific career of Nobel laureate Osamu Shimomura, with particular attention to his discovery of aequorin and Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). It includes his early memories of Manchuria and wartime Japan featuring an eyewitness account of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, his postwar studies and his travels to collect and research more than fifteen bioluminescent species, in locations ranging from Japan to San Juan Island, Bermuda, New Zealand and Norway. Dr Shimomura describes the unique combination of serendipity and perseverance that led ultimately to his 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry. The book provides an engaging account of the life of a dedicated scientist, emphasizing the value of determination in the pursuit of pure scientific knowledge, and showing how a general understanding of science helped him open up new areas of research that have led to unforeseen applications in cell biology and medicine.


Author: Lorenzo Pavesi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540767827
Format: PDF, Docs
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More profound understanding of the nature of light and light-matter interactions in biology has enabled many applications in the biology and medical fields. So a new discipline is born, namely biophotonics. The aim of this book is to review the current state-of-the-art of the field by means of authoritative chapters written by the world leaders of the respective fields. This book will be useful not only to professionals, but also to graduate students interested in this field.

Zukunftsbranche Biotechnologie

Author: Cynthia Robbins-Roth
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322823512
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Die Autorin zeigt, welche gigantischen Profitpotenziale biotechnologischer Fortschritt auf allen Stufen von Geschäft und Investment generiert. Sie gewährt Einblick in Forschung sowie Produkt-Entwicklung in neuen Geschäfts- und Finanzierungsmodellen. Hinweise zu profitabler Anlagestrategie runden das Buch ab.

Genetik f r Dummies

Author: Tara Rodden Robinson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527811478
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Die Genetik ist eine der Naturwissenschaften, deren Wissen am schnellsten wächst und deren Erkenntnisse ständig in Bewegung und in der Diskussion sind. "Genetik für Dummies" erklärt, was überhaupt hinter diesem spannenden Thema steckt. Die Autorin Tara Rodden Robinson erklärt die Grundlagen der Vererbungslehre wie die Mendelschen Regeln, wie Zellen aufgebaut sind und sie sich teilen. Sie zeigt, wie die DNA aufgebaut ist, wie sie kopiert und richtig in Proteine übersetzt wird. Außerdem geht sie auf die Bedeutung der Genetik in der Humanmedizin ein, wie Genmutationen und Erbkrankheiten entstehen. Sie erläutert, was beim Klonen passiert und was sich überhaupt hinter dem Begriff Gentechnik verbirgt. Auch die heißen Themen wie Stammzellentherapie und der Einsatz der Genetik in der Rechtsmedizin werden behandelt.

Der Mann aus dem Safe

Author: Steve Hamilton
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426415844
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Als sein Vater Amok läuft, versteckt sich der achtjährige Michael in einem Safe, der fast zum tödlichen Gefängnis wird. Nur durch ein Wunder kommt Michael mit dem Leben davon, seither ist er verstummt. Doch ein Talent bleibt ihm: Er ist ein Genie beim Knacken von Safes. Doch schon bald werden die falschen Leute auf seine Begabung aufmerksam ...

Bell ist der N chste

Author: Harry Dolan
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423413824
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Auf einen netten Abend zu zweit mit David Loogan, Redakteur des Krimimagazins Gray Streets , muss Elizabeth Waishkey leider verzichten: Sie wird zu einem Tatort gerufen. Der ermordete Henry Kormoran kommt der Kommissarin vage bekannt vor: 17 Jahre zuvor ging sein Name durch die Presse, da er mit vier anderen an einem Bankraub beteiligt war. Zurück im Kommissariat steht auf einmal David vor ihr. Aschfahl streckt er ihr ein Manuskript entgegen, das ein Unbekannter vor seine Bürotür gelegt hat. »Ich habe Henry Kormoran in seinem Apartment in der Linden Street getötet«, lautet die erste Zeile der Geschichte, die letzte: »Sutton Bell ist der Nächste.«