Open Questions: Biotechnology

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Introduction


General biotechnology
Genetics and genomics
Proteomics
Stem cells
Cloning
Regenerative medicine
Vaccines
Antibiotics
Gene therapy
Drug delivery
Bioinformatics
Synthetic biology
Nanobiotechnology
Biomedical diagnostic technology
Agricultural biotechnology

Recommended references: Web sites

Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Recommended references: Books

Introduction



Recommended references: Web sites

Site indexes

Biotechnology Information Directory
Part of the WWW Virtual Library. Contains many links to general information sources and genomics information.
Open Directory Project: Biotechnology
Categorized and annotated links. A version of this list is at Google, with entries sorted in "page rank" order. May also be found at Netscape.
Galaxy: Biotechnology
Categorized site directory. Entries usually include descriptive annotations.
BIO Education: Academic & Research
Extensive directory of Web links maintained by the Biotechnology Industry Organiation (BIO) on research topics.
BIO Educational Information
Extensive directory of Web links maintained by the Biotechnology Industry Organiation (BIO) on educational topics.
BIO Other Biotech Websites
Extensive directory of Web links maintained by the Biotechnology Industry Organiation (BIO) on general biotech sites.
Biotechnology Information Resource
Directory of Web sites related to agricultural biotech, maintained by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Biotechnology Industry Organization Links
External links of the industry trade association. See especially the other biotechnology Web sites.
Large-Scale Gene Expression and Microarray Links and Resources
Extensive directory of links on gene expression, DNA microarray technology, and bioinformatics, by Alan Robinson

Sites with general resources

Science.bio.org
Site sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. It provides daily the latest news stories from all areas of biotechnology, as well as from specific subareas, such as genomics, bioinformations, proteomics, cloning, stem cells, regenerative medicine, vaccines, emerging and recurrent diseases, and genetically modified organisms.
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Industry trade association. The site focuses on both research and commercial aspects of biotechnology, pharmaceutical research, and health sciences. Contains many external links.
Biotechnology@nature.com
A portal to relevant Nature Publishing Group resouces in the field of biotechnology.
Access Excellence: About Biotech
Contains general and overview information about biotechnology, discussion of policy issues, and some history of the field.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Maintained by the U. S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Yahoo News Full Coverage: Biotechnology and Genetics
Links to recent news stories from various sources. Also includes links to sites dealing with biotechnology.
Y. F. Leung's Functional Genomics
Large collection of resources in functional genomics. Includes good areas dealing with microarrays, bioinformatics, and proteomics. Other features include a functional genomics and data mining glossary, a functional genomics journal watch, and favorite functional genomics books.

Surveys, overviews, tutorials

Biotechnology
Article from Wikipedia.
Genetic Engineering and Society
Very good online material for a course in biotechnology at Arizona State University.
Understanding Biotechnology - A Biotech Primer
Primarily about agricultural biotechnology.


Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

20 Biotech Geniuses to Watch
David Ewing Duncan
Discover, June 2002, pp. 68-75
Thumbnail biographies of 20 key contributors to biotechnology provide a good picture of the scope of activity in the field.
Discovering Genes for New Medicines
William A. Haseltine
Scientific American, March 1997, pp. 92-97
The malfunction of genes within DNA is responsible for many common diseases which are not only inherited ones. Studies of abnormailities in the way genes are expresed in diseased tissue should lead to new, more effective treatments.


Recommended references: Books

William Bains -- Biotechnology From A to Z
Oxford University Press, 1998
This is not a book to read from front to back, and it's not a textbook. Instead, it's an extended glossary of the most important terms and concepts used in biotechnology. One needs to have some understanding of DNA and chemistry in general to profit from it, but given that the book offers a fascinating collection of short articles covering all facets of biotechnology. It's handy to have to refresh your memory on particular topics while reading other material in this area.
William R. Clark -- The New Healers: The Promise and Problems of Molecular Medicine in the Twenty-First Century
Oxford University Press, 1997
Clark writes very good books, and this one is no exception. It begins with a review of DNA and the genetic code, and proceeds to explain how various diseases result from the malfunction of this mechanism. The main focus is on gene therapy, and there are also good discussions of cancer and the immune system.

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