Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey Into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2007 - Science - 258 pages
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Library Journal's Best Business Books for 2007

As host of public radio’s Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn has long been known for making all aspects of science and technology meaningful to the general listening public. But when she spontaneously decided at a cocktail-fueled biotech industry event that she would be launching a weekly segment on biotech -- a subject that existed well outside of her normal comfort zone -- she had her work cut out for her. For the millions of people who now listen to BioTech Nation, the rest is history.

Going behind the science and business of biotech, the book rides along with Dr. Gunn as she interviews an interesting and colorful cast of characters from the industry, including a DNA scientist with ego to burn and a pharmaceutical exec with a penchant for Viagra. Filled with compelling stories of everything from the genetically modified food fight to the reasons why the presidential stem lines are dying, the book explores the fascinating theories and breakthroughs in this exciting field.

Funny, entertaining, and informative, Welcome to BioTech Nation is a unique, inside look at biotechnology today...and a glimpse at what could be in store for us tomorrow.

  

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User Review  - ImBookingIt - LibraryThing

This book wasn't what I was expecting.It was far more readable and entertaining, but somewhat less educational. I was prepared to work very hard with my reading, and that wasn't necessary.So what did ... Read full review

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Contents

Down the Biotech Rabbit Hole
1
Shy Beyond Words
9
The Genetically Modified Food Fight
25
On a Roll
45
And Baby Makes Three Four and Then Some
57
Washington DC Here We Come
73
The Amazing Chakrabarty
85
This Is Dedicated to the One I Love
105
A Sheep in Sheeps Clothing
153
Presidential by Any Other Name
175
Destined for Diabetes?
189
Monkey Business
201
Another World
221
Lessons Learned
237
Acknowledgments
245
Index
247

More Than One Way to Skin a Cancer
119
Dead Ends or New Beginnings?
127
The Skinny on Genes
141
About the Author
257
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About the author (2007)

Moira A. Gunn, Ph.D. (San Francisco, CA) is the host of BioTech Nation and Tech Nation, which airs weekly on 200 public radio stations, on NPR channels on Sirius Satellite Radio, and internationally to 133 countries via American Forces Radio. A former NASA computer scientist with a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and a patent in Human Nutrition Research, she has recently been named a Science Laureate for her contributions to science journalism.

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