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BioEvolution : how biotechnology is changing our world
Fumento, Michael.
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San Francisco : Encounter Books, [2003]

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ix, 510 pages ; 24 cm
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TP248.215 .F86 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Michael Fumento discusses the miracle drugs and treatment in the pipeline--innovations that will change medicine over the next decades, eliminating diseases such as diabetes.

Author Notes

Michael Fumento began writing about biotechnology as a reporter for Investor's Business Daily in 1993. A senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and a weekly medical/health columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service, he is also the author of several books

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The central premise of Fumento's book is that the biotechnology revolution has already arrived. A senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, he is the author of four other books and a long list of articles on health and science issues. This new book reviews four topics in the field of biotechnology and predicts likely developments over the next few years. Fumento succeeds in separating fact from speculation. The first part of BioEvolution covers the potential of biotechnology to cure disease; initially devoted to looking for replacements for existing medicines, the focus has now shifted to seeking treatments where none existed before. Individual chapters include information on vaccine development, gene testing, and gene therapies. The second part covers aging research and the possibilities for rejuvenation of cells and tissues. The third section is concerned with the technologies to produce more food, to provide more nutritious and better tasting foods, and to make farms more productive. The last few chapters of this book discuss the use of living organisms to clean up the environment. The appendixes contain detailed bibliographic information and Web hyperlinks. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates and two-year technical program students. P. M. Bradley Worcester State College

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Miracles in Medicine
1 The New Biotech Paradigmp. 9
2 Vanquishing Vaccinesp. 13
3 Miniature Pharmaceutical Factories and Medicinal Milkp. 23
4 "Plantibodies"p. 42
5 The Book of Angiogenesisp. 59
6 Medicinal Matchmakingp. 65
7 Ingenious Gene Therapyp. 75
8 The Genomic Generationp. 84
9 Gene Testingp. 100
10 "Baby by Versace"?p. 108
11 Will Biotech Break the Bank?p. 115
Part 2 The Fountain of Youth
1 Turning Back the Clockp. 125
2 Starfish for a Dayp. 150
3 Stupendous Stem Cellsp. 155
4 Xenotransplantationp. 182
Part 3 More (and Better) Food for a Growing Population
1 The Defeat of Hungerp. 191
2 Safe Biopesticidesp. 209
3 Survival of the Transgenicp. 233
4 Foods That Taste Too Good to Be Healthyp. 246
5 Developing the Underdeveloped Nationsp. 256
6 Frankenfoods?p. 270
Part 4 Biotech Brooms--Letting Nature Clean up Man's Messes
1 Tackling Toxic Wastep. 299
2 Phytoremediation and Mighty Microbesp. 304
Conclusion: A Biotech Futurep. 326
Acknowledgmentsp. 331
Appendix Biotech Companies Mentionedp. 333
Notesp. 338
Indexp. 487