Authoritative and accessible, DNA Technology: A Reference Handbook discusses the scientific developments that have contributed to our current understanding of DNA and the wide application of such technology in numerous fields. DNA Technology explores early scientists whose work laid the foundation for Watson and Crick's groundbreaking paper, as well as subsequent researchers who have furthered our knowledge of DNA. Readers will see how DNA technology is used to catch criminals, exonerate prisoners, identify disorders, produce more effective drugs, and enhance food production. Beyond explaining the science, the book also addresses the ethical, legal, economic, and social concerns that have been raised over the power to alter life, and gives readers context and background to think through these issues for themselves.
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