4 Top Biotechnology Books of 2015

booksBiotechnologists harness cellular and biomolecular processes as they develop products and technologies and products that improve lives. As the year comes to a close, here’s a look at four of the best-selling books in biotechnology over the past 12 months.

We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time
By Kara Platoni

Science writer Kara Platoni introduces readers to the researchers currently changing the way people experience the world as she examines the latest developments in sensory perception. Some of the researchers include those who:

  • Construct virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch
  • Create scents to stimulate memories of patients with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Build augmented reality laps to prepare soldiers for battle

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction
By Beth Shapiro

Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro is a pioneer in ancient DNA research. In this 2015 bestseller, she explores the process of de-extinction, from choosing the species to be restored, sequencing their genomes, and predicting how these new populations will succeed in the world. Shapiro examines her own research and that of other experts in the field such as Svante Paabo, George Church, and Craig Ventor while discussing if and how de-extinction would change the way humans live in the 21st century.

The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human
By Noah Strycker

From homing pigeons to fairy-wrens, writer Noah Strycker investigates how secrets of bird life are unlocking insights into memory, relationships, and the nature of intelligence. Strycker reveals personal stories interwoven with cutting-edge science to give readers a glimpse into human nature through the experience of birds.

Six Chemicals that Changed Agriculture
By Robert Zimdahl

Author Robert Zimdahl provides readers with a scientific examination of how chemicals currently in food production came into being and transformed the way food is grown and processed. He gives an in-depth look at the following types of chemicals:

The book also explores the major characteristics of US agriculture over the past 60 years and a historical analysis of major aspects involved in the chemistry of modern agriculture.

These five books are great choices for both professional and amateur scientists. Stay tuned for reviews of the new releases of 2016.