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Modern biotechnology Panacea or new Pandora's box?

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Modern biotechnology Panacea or new Pandora's box?

Johannes Tramper and Yang Zhu

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Author(s): Johannes Tramper and Yang Zhu

About The Book

According to Greek mythology Pandora was sent down to earth upon the orders of Zeus. She was given a mysterious box which she was not allowed to open. However, Pandora was very curious and when she arrived on earth she couldn't help taking a peek inside the box. She saw that it was filled with gifts and calamities and to her astonishment they all escaped and spread throughout humanity, with all the dire consequences thereof. Only hope was left at the bottom. Figuratively speaking, Pandora's box today represents a source of much suffering. Is modern biotechnology just such a Pandora's box, as the anti-biotechnology lobby would have us believe? Or can we selectively release the gifts and turn this new Pandora's box into a Panacea?

Modern biotechnology makes use of the recombinant DNA technology to genetically modify microorganisms, plants and animals in order to make them more suitable for all kinds of applications, such as cultivating food crops, baking bread, making wine, antibiotics and hormones, xenotransplantation, and gene- and stem cell therapy. The book also particularly addresses the controversial aspects of these applications.

Some quotes taken from reviews of the Dutch version of Modern biotechnology:

'In short, this is a good book if you want to know more about the subject and if you want to develop a well-founded opinion.' Marijke Domis, NVOX

'Altogether this has lead to a very accessible book. [...] Furthermore, we would like to mention that the book contains highly amusing illustrations which also contribute to the vast amount of information the book provides.' Ina Eggink, De Telegraaf

'Completely clear and not one word too much, that is the first contribution to the readability. [...] For everyone who wants to gain a comprehensive view of the material this book is practically obligatory literature.' Fred van Hessen, NPT procestechnologie

Additional Information

Author Johannes Tramper and Yang Zhu
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 284pp
ISBN 9789086861699
Publication date 2011
Book Type Hardcover



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