Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions

Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions

Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions

Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions

Synopsis

For many people, biotechnology means genetically modified organisms, alien species, toxic weapons, or hormone-treated beef. Yet it is also a tool to control plant and animal pests, preserve species, utilize genetic resources for health and nutrition, and protect the environment. Society's ability to manage, share and regulate advanced biotechnology offers many opportunities and raises many challenges and risks. This book explores the issues of advanced biotechnology and examines the progress made in recent years. It looks at the drivers of medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology development in the United States, the European Union and Japan. It describes the biotechnology tools to fight major global health concerns such as Ebola fever, the human immunodeficiency virus, the SARS virus and the Avian flu virus, as well as regulatory concerns and public perceptions. Professor Sasson also provides a state of the art analysis of the progress of selected developing countries in fostering their own bio-industries. He examines some of the most controversial areas of medical biotechnology, including issues such as stem cell research and gene therapy and some of the ethical issues they raise.

Excerpt

Since the advent of civilization, biotechnology has gradually become commonplace around the world and it has developed into a global multi-billion dollar industry. But, as with many new technologies, society's ability to manage, share and regulate the development and use of modern biotechnology poses many challenges, opportunities and even risks. the implications of modern biotechnology connote a broad coverage of sectors and issues such as human health, industrial applications, food safety, and the life and health of plants and animals. the risks could include everything from genetically modified organisms, alien species and introduced plant and animal pests, to the erosion of biodiversity, toxic weapons of war, utilization of genetic resources and “mad cow” disease.

The UNU-IAS Programme on Science Policy for Sustainable Development is elaborating the challenges that are facing modern society through the advances in modern biotechnology. It is doing so by exploring the implications, impacts, perceptions and prospects for ensuring the secure and wise use in the future of products derived from modern biotechnology.

This book by Professor Albert Sasson, Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions, is the first in a series of publications that UNU-IAS is undertaking to present these broad implications of modern biotechnology and takes stock of the advances that have been made in recent years.

The book first looks at the drivers of modern biotechnology development in the United States, the European Union and Japan and at what progress has been made in the development of biotechnology to fight . . .

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