Why "The Awesome Skill"? Because, as a major news magazine once editorialized,
"DNA technology is the most awesome skill acquired since the splitting of the atom."
In this timely and thorough revision, I. Edward Alcamo surveys the remarkable history, state-of-the-art procedures, and astonishing benefits that DNA technology blready provides to humanity. DNA Technology, Second Edition brings relevant background and up-to-date understanding of DNA together in one accessible source-an important foundation appropriate for a wide variety of readerships.
This text explores the scientific revolution fostered by DNA research and surveys the procedures and benefits of DNA technology, for readers with a limited scientific background. Laboratory techniques are de- emphasized in favor of discussions with practical significance. Early chapters overview the history of the field from Gregor Mendel to James Watson and Francis Crick and their work on the structure and replication of DNA. Later chapters summarize developments in theory leading to DNA technology, and survey contemporary DNA technology and its uses in areas such as pharmaceuticals and genetic therapy. This edition takes into account changes in the field since 1996. Alcamo is affiliated with the State University of New York at Farmingdale. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)