Textbook of Biotechnology, 4th Ed

Textbook of Biotechnology, 4th Ed

Dr H. K. Das, Editor

 ISBN13:  9788126526512

Price:  Rs 629/-

Pages: 1476

 About the book

  • The first three editions were received extremely well.
  • The book has been authored by as many as 39 well-known professors from leading institutes and universities.
  • Conforms to the recommendations of the expert committees who had developed the curriculum for Biotechnology.
  • A very well illustrated book.
  • The format of the book has also been modified in conformity with latest international quality process for illustrations and e-publishing.

 Revision in the Fourth Edition:

Significant advances have taken place in certain areas since the publication of the third edition, and the students ought to be informed about these advances. Hence, another revision of some of the chapters has become necessary. The chapters that have been revised in this fourth edition of the Textbook of Biotechnology are

  • Chapter 1 Biomolecules
  • Chapter 6 Metabolic Pathways and Their Regulation
  • Chapter 10 Medical Microbiology
  • Chapter 13 Molecular Biology
  • Chapter 14 Genetic Engineering
  • Chapter 15 Plant Biotechnology
  • Chapter 16 Genomics and Functional Genomics
  • Chapter 17 Bioprocess Engineering and Technology
  • Chapter 22 Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology

 It was felt by several teachers and the editor as well, that the sequence of the chapters in the book did not reflect the sequence in which a student ought to study the various areas to fully appreciate the different aspects of Biotechnology. Hence, the sequence of the chapters in the book was kept exactly as the sequence in which the expert committees had arranged the topics in the recommended Biotechnology curriculum. More teachers have commented on this matter since the publication of the second edition. In the third edition of the book, this anomalous practice has been discontinued and the sequence of chapters has been revised. In this edition significant revision has been carried out in the chapters on Medical Microbiology, Biophysical Chemistry, and Genomics and Functional Genomics.

 First of all I must say that an extremely difficult assignment has been very well executed. A broad spectrum of subjects necessary to understand and teach Biotechnology has been covered and each chapter is written in-depth and up-to-date.

 This comment by G. Padmanaban [Ph.D., D.Sc.(hc), F.N.A., F.A.Sc., F.N.A.Sc., Honorary Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Formerly, Professor and Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore] sums up the quality of the content.

 About the author

Dr. H. K. Das has been the Member, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics, since 2005. He started as a Research Fellow and Honorary Lecturer in Department of Biochemistry, Calcutta University, Calcutta, in 1955 and continued till 1964. From 1964–1967 he worked as a Research Associate at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA with Prof. Avram Goldstein. He taught as a Lecturer in Department of Biochemistry, Calcutta University, Calcutta, from 1967 to 1969 and then moved to Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, as Senior Biochemist, Division of Biochemistry. Later he joined Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, as Professor of Molecular Biology.

 He was also the Visiting Professor for Department of Biology, University of California, San Diego, USA (1978) as well as Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, USA (1979). In 1983 he went on to become the Director, Genetic Engineering Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, were he continued till 1998. From 1998 till 2003 he was the Distinguished Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

 Dr. H. K. Das has also made significant teaching and research contributions. A few in the vast list of contributions made by Dr. Das include:

In 1960 he developed the course on Molecular Biology in the Department of Biochemistry at the Calcutta University, Calcutta.

  1. Developed three Molecular Biology courses (Mol Bio I, II and III) in 1969 in the Division of Biochemistry at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
  2. Contributed to formulation of broad guidelines for teaching Biotechnology in India as a member of the Task Force appointed for this purpose during 1984–1985.
  3. Developed a course on Genetic Engineering in 1985 in the Centre for Biotechnology at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  4. Demonstration for the first time in 1961 that isolated plant mitochondria could synthesize protein.
  5. Elucidation of the dynamics of ribosome movement during protein synthesis under stress conditions.
  6. Elucidation of the mechanism by which chloramphenicol inhibits protein synthesis.

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