Finding Better Medicines

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Capstone Classroom, Sep 15, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 56 pages
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What is an opportunistic infection? How are drugs trialed? What is "pharming'? The 'Why Science Matters' series demonstrates how the science we learn at school is important in every aspect of our everyday lives. Using case studies and investigations, the series describes the development of science and technologies that can improve our lives - or lead to new scientific challenges and controversies. In 'Finding Better Medicines', we learn how the body fights illness and infection and sometimes needs the help of medicines to be cured. We find how some drugs we now take for granted (such as aspirin and penicillin) were developed, how pharmaceutical companies research and improve new drugs, and how advanced technologies such as genetic engineering can be used to create plants and animals that can be farmed for medicines.

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Author John Coad taught chemistry for many years before working as an advisor to science teachers. From there he moved to manage the education program for a major pharmaceutical company. He now works independently to excite young people in the subject of science and to encourage them to study it further.
Consultant Ann Fullick graduated in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, and pursued a successful career in teaching. She is now a full-time science writer with an international reputation.

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