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Dictionary of Biotechnology

Seemanta Charit Nigam (Author)

Biotechnology can be Broadly defined as ‘using living organisms or their products for commercial purposes’. As such, biotechnology has been practiced by human society since the beginning of recorded history in such activities as baking bread, brewing alcoholic beverages or breeding food crops or domestic animals. A narrower and more specific definition of biotechnology is ‘the commercial application of living organisms or their products, which involves the deliberate manipulation of their DNA molecules’. This definition implies a set of laboratory techniques development within the last 20 years that have been responsible for the tremendous scientific and commercial interest in biotechnology, The founding of many new companies and the redirection of research efforts and financial resources among established companies and universities. These laboratory techniques provide scientists with a spectacular vision of the design and function of living organisms and provide technologists in many fields with the tools to implement exciting commercial applications. This dictionary makes the reader updated on the common as well as complex terms related to Biotechnology.

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About the author

Seemanta Charit Nigam

Seemanta Charit Nigam (b. 1951) heads the Science News desk at Pan-Asia, a leading news and feature agency based in Hongkong. He has been writing science articles and papers for over fifteen years. A doctorate in the Life Sciences, his interest in biotechnology coincides with the surge in research in human and plant genetics. He was awarded the Johm Rhee Prize for the most consistent and effective communication chanenls for popular science of current interest. He has also compiled and edited several dictionaries and terminology compendiums in the field of Asian flora and applied biotechnology.

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Bibliographic information

Title Dictionary of Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178882655
length 280p., 23cm.