Medical Biotechnology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702050855

Medical Biotechnology

1st Edition

Authors: Judit Pongracz Mary Keen
eBook ISBN: 9780702050855
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone


This textbook is aimed at medical and other health science students to explain the practical clinical impact of new techniques in biotechnology. It does not set out to explain the minutiae of the techniques themselves. The book focuses on why these techniques are useful in a clinical context and considers their potential uses, limitations and the ethical considerations that surround their use.

Key Features

  • Accessible account of subject wriiten at a level appropriate for medical students.
  • Highly illustrated in colour.
  • Ideal as a resource for problem-based courses.
  • Increasing number of medical courses have modules on this subject.
  • Suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

The molecular basis of disease. Gene hunting. Using genetic information. Epigenetics. Protein structure and function. Proteomics and metabolomics. Vaccines. Transgenics. Pharmacogenetics. Gene therapy. Biopharmaceuticals. Stem cells and tissue engineering. Perspectives: future developments.


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About the Author

Judit Pongracz

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Immunology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pecs, Hungary

Mary Keen

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK


"Biotechnology embraces cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, immunology and ethics, to name only some specialties. These days their practical applications range from drugs and vaccines to stem cells and gene therapy. In the authors’ hands descriptions of the science of all of these cannot fail to excite, so much so that lay people interested in modern advances could benefit."
BMA Book Awards 2009 - judges comments