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Modern Biotechnology

Panacea or new Pandora’s box?

  • Johannes Tramper
  • Yang Zhu
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Introduction: Modern Biotechnology: Panacea or New Pandora’s Box?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-17
    2. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 19-28
    3. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 29-48
    4. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 49-66
  3. Our Daily Food and Drink

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-69
    2. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 71-80
    3. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 81-94
    4. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 95-111
    5. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 113-130
    6. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 131-148
  4. Health has Limits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-151
    2. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 153-170
    3. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 171-187
    4. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 189-206
    5. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 207-226
    6. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 227-245
    7. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 247-268
  5. Epilogue: Cassandra

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-271
    2. Johannes Tramper, Yang Zhu
      Pages 273-274
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-284

About this book

Introduction

According to Greek mythology Pandora was sent down to earth upon the orders of Zeus. She was given a mysterious box which she was not allowed to open. However, Pandora was very curious and when she arrived on earth she couldn?t help taking a peek inside the box. She saw that it was filled with gifts and calamities and to her astonishment they all escaped and spread throughout humanity, with all the dire consequences thereof. Only hope was left at the bottom. Figuratively speaking, Pandora's box today represents a source of much suffering. Is modern biotechnology just such a Pandora's box, as the anti-biotechnology lobby would have us believe? Or can we selectively release the gifts and turn this new Pandora's box into a Panacea?

Modern biotechnology makes use of the recombinant DNA technology to genetically modify microorganisms, plants and animals in order to make them more suitable for all kinds of applications, such as cultivating food crops, baking bread, making wine, antibiotics and hormones, xenotransplantation, and gene- and stem cell therapy. The book also particularly addresses the controversial aspects of these applications.

Keywords

Biotechnology

Authors and affiliations

  • Johannes Tramper
    • 1
  • Yang Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Wageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

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