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Biology Is Technology

The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674060159

Publication Date: 04/15/2011

Academic Trade

288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

19 line illustrations, 7 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. What Is Biology?
  • 2. Building with Biological Parts
  • 3. Learning to Fly (or Yeast, Geese, and 747s)
  • 4. The Second Coming of Synthetic Biology
  • 5. A Future History of Biological Engineering
  • 6. The Pace of Change in Biological Technologies
  • 7. The International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM)
  • 8. Reprogramming Cells and Building Genomes
  • 9. The Promise and Peril of Biological Technologies
  • 10. The Sources of Innovation and the Effects of Existing and Proposed Regulations
  • 11. Laying the Foundations for a Bio-Economy
  • 12. Of Straightjackets and Springboards for Innovation
  • 13. Open Source Biology, or Open Biology?
  • 14. What Makes a Revolution?
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2010 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Excellence, Engineering & Technology Category
  • An Economist Book of the Year, 2010
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