People of all ages retain an endless fascination in the lives and influences of famous and successful politicians, pioneers, and popular cultural figures. As we approach a point where some of the fundamental scientific questions are being resolved (. the human genome, a unified theory and understanding of the origin of the universe), there has been an explosion of interest in the lives of great mathematicians and scientists. In short, biographies and autobiographies have never been more popular. Bibliomania only has a small biographies collection at present but we are committed to significantly expanding this section of our site.
Genetic Modification Genetic modification refers to techniques used to manipulate the genetic composition of an organism by adding specific useful genes. A gene is a sequence of DNA that contains information that determines a particular characteristic/trait. All organisms have DNA (genes). Genes are located in chromosomes. Genes are units of inheritance that are passed from one generation to the next and provide instructions for development and function of the organism. Crops that are developed through genetic modification are referred to as genetically modified (GM) crops, transgenic crops or genetically engineered (GE) crops. Over the last 30 years, the field of genetic engineering has developed rapidly due to the greater understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the chemical double helix code from which genes are made. The term genetic engineering is used to describe the process by which the genetic makeup of an organism can be altered using “recombinant DNA technology.” This →