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Genetics, Biotechnology, and Developmental Biology

Genetics, Biotechnology, and Developmental Biology

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Genetics is "the branch of biology concerned with the study of heredity and variation". Biotechnology is "the development of techniques for the application of biological processes to the production of materials of use in medicine and industry." Development is "the complex process of growth and maturation that occurs in living organisms". (Oxford Dictionary of Biology, 4th ed., 2000). The more applied aspects of biotechnology and genetics such as plant or animal breeding and industrial biotechnology are not included. All of the subjects covered in this chapter overlap with other chapters. For instance, molecular biologists study DNA while geneticists study genes so Molecular and Cellular Biology should also be checked for information sources. Research in development may be done by geneticists, cell biologists, or physiologists, so other related resources are found in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.



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See also the sequence databases listed in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Guides to the Internet in both this section and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


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Guides to Internet Resources

The Internet is particularly useful for geneticists and developmental biologists, due to the large number of publicly accessible genome and mutant databases which are accessible through the Internet (see Databases, this section and Molecular and Cellular Biology). In addition, many genome projects are accessible through the Web, including genomes for the dog, C. elegans, forest trees, Arabidopsis, zebrafish, the mouse, maize, Mycoplasma capricolum, Saccaromyces, and E. coli, just to name a few.


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Textbooks and Treatise


The National Agriculture Library's Biotechnology Information Center has a useful list of newsletters. While the emphasis is on agricultural biotechnology, many general biotech newsletters are listed, along with description, price, and contact information.

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