Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (Library in a Book) by Lisa Yount

By Lisa Yount

Biotechnology And Genetic Engineering joins others within the publisher's 'Library in a booklet' reference and merits ongoing point out as a very good single-volume simple advent to biotechnology for readers on the highschool point on up. From cloning to DNA mapping and felony ramifications of study, this packs in vital historical past, moral and ethical discussions, and many bibliographic references for extra examine.

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In California, for instance, DNA testing led to the conviction of Larry Graham in August 2002 for raping and murdering a five-year-old girl, Angela Bugay, 34 Issues in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in 1983. DNA testing has also conclusively proven the innocence of prisoners held for decades, resulting in their release. By March 2007 the Innocence Project, established in 1991 by New York City lawyers Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld to obtain DNA testing for convicted felons who declared their innocence, had freed 196 people, some of whom had been on death row.

Genetic discrimination might even affect marriages and family relationships. Discrimination on the basis of genetic makeup, as it was shown in characteristics thought to be inherited, existed before the word gene even entered the English language. This discrimination arose from the so-called science of eugenics (the word means “well born”), which was founded in the late 19th century by Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin. Galton believed that intelligence and other personality characteristics were inherited.

The most ambitious genome sequencing project of all has been the Human Genome Project, launched in 1990. Even as that project was being completed, the government and private groups involved in it were arguing about who would have rights to the results. They eventually agreed that the raw sequence data would be published on the Internet, where anyone could view it. S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has permitted the patenting of unaltered genes or DNA sequences, including human ones, since 1987, provided that they have been isolated and purified and that they fulfill the standard patent requirements of novelty, usefulness, and unobviousness.

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