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Biotechnology from A to Z
Bains, William, 1955-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
vii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TP248.16 .B33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book, now in its second edition, is an entertaining and practical introduction to the ideas and terminology of biotechnology. It uses straightforward language and real examples to unravel the jargon for the non-specialist and explains over 1000 terms in 250 short entries. This book is anaccessible guide to the science, technology and the real achievements of this fascinating and controversial industry.

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Choice Review

Bains has enhanced communications between scientists and the general public by compiling this credible catalog of jargon that demystifies terms. The title suggests a risk of expansiveness, yet the careful selection of about 280 terms and clever "see also" cross-referencing makes the glossary both appropriate in length and user friendly. Graphical illustrations paired with text entries are simple and edifying, yet, unfortunately too sparsely utilized. Bains's paragraph style is certainly more effective in conveying comprehensible definitions than the cryptic word and phrase style of the Horticultural Research Institute's A Technical Glossary of Horticultural and Landscape Terminology (1971). Moreover, the attractive style is fitting for a cost-effective work that should have broad readership. Typeface is readily legible and appealing throughout. The index is comprehensive and serves as a quick glossary, although the bold alphabetization of terms within the body of the book is generally adequate. The total omission of a bibliography is exacerbated by a promise in the "How to use" section that a list of further reading is to be found at the end of the book, a crucial violation of trust! General; lower-division undergraduate; pre-professional. R. E. Young; Clemson University

Table of Contents

""How to use this book"" 250
alphabetized entries, fully
cross referenced
Further reading