An Introduction to Ethical, Safety and Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Biotechnology

An Introduction to Ethical, Safety and Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Biotechnology

1st Edition - June 21, 2017

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  • Author: Padma Nambisan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128092316
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128092514

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An Introduction to Ethical, Safety and Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Biotechnology provides a comprehensive look at the biggest technologies that have revolutionized biology since the early 20th century, also discussing their impact on society. The book focuses on issues related to bioethics, biosafety and intellectual property rights, and is written in an easy-to-understand manner for graduate students and early career researchers interested in the opportunities and challenges associated with advances in biotechnology. Important topics covered include the Human Genome Project, human cloning, rDNA technology, the 3Rs and animal welfare, bioterrorism, human rights and genetic discrimination, good laboratory practices, good manufacturing practices, the protection of biological material and much more. Full of relevant case studies, practical examples, weblinks and resources for further reading, this book offers an essential and holistic look at the ways in which biotechnology has affected our global society.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive look at the ethical, legal and social implications of biotechnology
  • Discusses the global efforts made to resolve issues
  • Incorporates numerous case studies to more clearly convey concepts and chart the development of guidelines and legislation regulating issues in biotechnology
  • Takes a straightforward approach to highlight and discuss both the benefits and risks associated with the latest biotechnologies


Graduate and postgraduate students, professors and researchers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, medicine, biology, pharmacology, bioethics, agriculture, regulatory science and biomedical engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Genes, Genomes, and Genomics
    2. Cloning
    3. Stem Cell Research
    4. Recombinant DNA Technology and Genetically Modified Organisms
    5. Relevance of Ethics in Biotechnology
    6. Bioterrorism and Dual Use Research of Concern
    7. Genetic Discrimination and Human Rights
    8. Sharing of Biological Resources
    9. Ensuring Safety in Biotechnology
    10. Risk Analysis
    11. Laboratory Biosafety and Good Laboratory practices
    12. Recombinant DNA Safety Considerations in Large Scale Applications and Good Manufacturing Practice
    13. Relevance of Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology
    14. Patenting of Life Forms
    15. Patents in Biopharma
    16. Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources

Product details

  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: June 21, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128092316
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128092514

About the Author

Padma Nambisan

Dr. Padma Nambisan is a Professor and Head of the Department of Biotechnology at Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India. She received her Ph.D. and MSc. in Genetics at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and her BSc. in Botany at Madras University. She is the author of over 20 journal articles and specializes in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, and Botany.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, Kerala, India

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