An Introduction to Genetic Engineering - 3rd Edition

Desmond S. T. Nicholl 
Cambridge University Press  May 2008  

Hardcover  348 pp  ISBN 9780521850063      £79.00

Paperback  348 pp  ISBN 9780521615211      £26.00
In this third edition of his popular undergraduate-level textbook, Des Nicholl recognises that a sound grasp of basic principles is vital in any introduction to genetic engineering. Therefore, the book retains its focus on the fundamental principles used in gene manipulation.

It is divided into three sections: Part I provides an introduction to the relevant basic molecular biology; Part II, the methods used to manipulate genes; and Part III, applications of the technology. There is a new chapter devoted to the emerging importance of bioinformatics as a distinct discipline. Other additional features include text boxes, which highlight important aspects of topics discussed, and chapter summaries, which include aims and learning outcomes. These, along with key word listings, concept maps and a glossary, will enable students to tailor their study to suit their own learning styles and ultimately gain a firm grasp of a subject that students traditionally find difficult.

Expanded discussion of applications, including future of gene therapy and the use of genetic engineering in biotechnology while discussion of ethics has been expanded to include the role of the scientist and the role of society. The section on "genes and genomes" has been expanded to include "-omics" such as proteomics.


1. Introduction

Part I. The Basis of Genetic Engineering:
2. Introducing molecular biology;
3. Working with nucleic acids;
4. The tools of the trade;

Part II. The Methodology of Gene Manipulation:
5. Host cells and vectors;
6. Cloning strategies;
7. The polymerase chain reaction;
8. Selection, screening and analysis of recombinants;
9. Bioinformatics

Part III. Genetic Engineering in Action:
10. Understanding genes, genomes and 'otheromes';
11. Genetic engineering and biotechnology;
12. Medical and forensic applications of gene manipulation;
13. Transgenic plants and animals;
14. The other sort of cloning;
15. Brave new world or genetic nightmare?

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