The Evolution of Biotechnology

From Natufians to Nanotechnology

  • Martina Newell-McGloughlin
  • Edward Re

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Edward Re
    Pages 1-20
  3. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Edward Re
    Pages 21-44
  4. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Edward Re
    Pages 45-91
  5. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Edward Re
    Pages 93-140
  6. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Edward Re
    Pages 141-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-262

About this book


The book traces the evolution of biotechnology in the broadest sense from prehistoric organismal manipulation by our first settled ancestors through to speculation about future directions for the technology as it increasingly intersects with other high technologies such as IT and Nanotech. The trajectory is demonstrated by various events throughout history that have intersected or built on one another to lead to the forward progression of a technology. Obviously, with such a broad canvas much selectivity is involved in the choices made to advance the narrative and, while the subjects chosen are not capricious, they are influenced by the author’s perspective. In addition we have made some attempt, where validated resources exist, to present our perspective on how individual personalities and their particular contextual experience influenced the direction in which they carried the science or the science carried them.


Future History Principle protagonists biotechnology evolution nanotechnology

Authors and affiliations

  • Martina Newell-McGloughlin
    • 1
  • Edward Re
    • 1
  1. 1.UC System-wide Biotechnology Research & Education Program Plant PathologyUniversity of CaliforniaSuite 230

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