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Genes and Biotechnology


      
 We are now well into the era of biotechnology. It is an era in which scientists have made tremendous strides in discovering the structures and functions of genes and in manipulating them for a wide variety of purposes. THE WORLD & I invites you to read about many of these discoveries and their ramifications in this special collection on Genes and Biotechnology.

         The articles in this collection are grouped according to separate topics, listed on the right. For instance, articles dealing with medical applications are grouped under Biotechnology and Medicine, while those related to agricultural applications can be found in Genetically Modified Plants and Animals. The topic of Cloning includes articles that deal with the cloning of animals as well as isolated genes. The scientific work to determine DNA sequences in the chromosomes of humans and other organisms is presented in Genomes and Beyond, while articles dealing with the connection between genetic information and external features can be found in Invisible Genes, Visible Traits.





Topics
Biotechnology and Medicine
Cloning
Ethical and Social Issues
Genetic Engineering

Genetically Modified Plants and Animals

Genomes and Beyond
Invisible Genes, Visible Traits
Miscellaneous Applications



         The techniques of biotechnology have also raised a number of serious concerns, ranging from the possibility of adverse effects on the environment to misguided attempts to breed a "superior" race of humans. Articles discussing these concerns can be found in Ethical and Social Issues in Biotechnology.
If you click on any topic, you will see the corresponding list of articles in descending chronological order, with the most recent one placed first. Some categories include subgroups of articles that were published as special features or series in the magazine. Feel free to send us your feedback.
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