Biotechnology for Beginners

Biotechnology for Beginners

3rd Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Author: Reinhard Renneberg
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323855693

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Biotechnology for Beginners, Third Edition presents the latest developments in the evolving field of biotechnology which has grown to such an extent over the past few years that increasing numbers of professional’s work in areas that are directly impacted by the science. This book offers an exciting and colorful overview of biotechnology for professionals and students in a wide array of the life sciences, including genetics, immunology, biochemistry, agronomy and animal science. This book will also appeals to lay readers who do not have a scientific background but are interested in an entertaining and informative introduction to the key aspects of biotechnology. Authors Renneberg and Loroch discuss the opportunities and risks of individual technologies and provide historical data in easy-to-reference boxes, highlighting key topics. The book covers all major aspects of the field, from food biotechnology to enzymes, genetic engineering, viruses, antibodies, and vaccines, to environmental biotechnology, transgenic animals, analytical biotechnology, and the human genome.

Key Features

  • Covers the whole of biotechnology
  • Presents an extremely accessible style, including lavish and humorous illustrations throughout
  • Includes new chapters on CRISPR cas-9, COVID-19, the biotechnology of cancer, and more


Professionals, Students and Instructors in biotechnology and regenerative medicine

Table of Contents

  • 1. Beer, Bread, and Cheese: The Tasty Side of Biotechnology
    2. Enzymes: Molecular Supercatalysts for Use at Home and in Industry
    3. The Wonders of Gene Technology
    4. White Biotechnology: Cells as Synthetic Factories
    5. Viruses, Antibodies, and Vaccines
    6. Environmental Biotechnology: From One-Way Streets to Traffic Circles
    7. Green Biotechnology
    8. Embryos, Clones, and Transgenic Animals
    9. Myocardial Infarction, Cancer, and Stem Cells: Biotechnology is a Life Saver
    10. Analytical Biotechnology and the Human Genome

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323855693

About the Author

Reinhard Renneberg

Reinhard Renneberg received his PhD at Central Institute of Molecular Biology, Berlin, German Democratic Republic in 1979. Since 1995 Professor Renneberg has been heading the Biosensor group at the Department of Chemistry of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is an expert in biotests, biosensors and signal amplification technologies. Dr. Renneberg is also the inventor of Cardiodetect, a rapid fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) immunotest which allows diagnosis or exclusion of acute myocardial infarction within half an hour after the onset of symptom and of InfectCheck, a barcode-style lateral flow assay for semi-quantitative detection of C-reactive protein (CRP) in distinguishing between bacterial and viral infections.

Dr. Renneberg is the author of several books on biotechnology, including the award-winning textbook Biotechnology for Beginners which the university includes in many of its training packages. He advises a wide range of biotechnology companies as expert content provider, pedagogical expert and top-level academic relay for biotechnology education.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, China

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