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This guide brings together in one place many scientific and legal resources available to ASU students including databases, indexes, and full text electronic journals.

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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (COL) Students


Below is a short list of treatises in the ASU libraries’ collection related to biotechnology.  You can search for other resources in the ASU catalog by using subject headings such as: BioTechnology, modified foods - laws and legislation; and transgenic plants.

Biology and Biotechnology of Environmental Stress Tolerance in Plants. Volumes 1-3, Apple Academic Press (Aryadeep Roychoudhury, editor, 2023)
This 3-volume series discusses the escalating threats from global climate change, such as drought, extreme temperatures, UV radiation, salt concentration, and heavy metal pollution, are increasingly inhibiting plant growth and agricultural yield. To mitigate these issues, a new three-volume set has been produced. It delves into a comprehensive exploration of how plant metabolites - substances necessary for plant growth - are synthesized, accumulated, and broken down.

Biotechnology and its Applications: Using Cells to Change the World, digital ebook (W. T. Godbey, 2021)
Biotechnology and its Applications: Using Cells to Change the World, Second Edition introduces students to the world of biotechnology. Sections cover basic science, introduce cells, explain how they behave, what they are made of, demonstrate the biotechnological application of scientific principles in the laboratory, and present biotechnologies in the real world.

Policy Issues in Genetically Modified Crops, digital ebook (Academic Press, 2021)
Policy Issues in Genetically Modified Crops: A Global Perspective contains both theoretical and empirical evidence of a broad range of aspects of GM crop policies throughout the world.

Intellectual Property and Genetically Modified Organisms: A Convergence in Laws (Charles Lawson, 2015)
This work addresses global issues arising from debates over intellectual property and genetically modified organisms.

Genomics and Environmental Regulation: Science, Ethics, and Law (Richard R. Sharp, 2008)
Genomics and Environmental Regulation explores how discoveries within the field of genomics and toxicology are affecting regulatory agendas across the globe.  The book addresses the legal framework for these discoveries, as well policy applications, and bioethical and philosophical concerns.

Translational Biotechnology: A Journey from Laboratory to Clinics (Yasha Hasija, ed., 2021)
Presents an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to biotechnology to help readers bridge the gaps between fundamental and functional research. The book provides state-of-the-art and integrative views of translational biotechnology by covering topics from basic concepts to novel methodologies.

News and Current Awareness

Bloomberg Law (Bloomberg Law password required)

  • ABA’s Biotechnology and the Law - this title, written for practicing lawyers, is designed to help identify the legal issues and processes that must be faced in building, marketing, and protecting a biotech business. 
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Law - this book provides the legal, scientific, and technical information needed to help obtain, defend, and challenge patents in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. 

Lexis (Lexis password required)

Westlaw (Westlaw password required)

  • Biomedica - Biomedica is a journal covering industry trends and new products in medical technology from the Pakistan Biomedical Research Society.
  • Biotech Business - Biotech Business provides detailed information on biotechnology products and companies. It reports which universities offer licensing of biotechnology research, which companies have entered licensing agreements, as well as the financial health of biotechnology companies and their expected growth or decline.
  • Biotech News Daily - Biotech News Daily offers the latest news from the biotech & pharmaceutical industries, including financial & legal issues, FDA applications & approvals, new product releases, appointments, mergers & acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations & industry news.
  • Biotechnology and the Law - this e-book provides comprehensive information to help legal practitioners understand the use issues involved in patenting biotechnological inventions.

BIOtechNOW Blog 
The BIOtechNOW Blog is a resource of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). BIO is a world-wide trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. The blog publishes articles and opinion pieces on a variety of topics related to biotechnology.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) publishes articles and editorial pieces on five key topics: drug discovery, bioprocessing, the study of genes and their function (OMICS), translational medicine, and gene editing.

Journal Articles

Biological Sciences  
Articles, reports, books, and proceedings on topics such as bioengineering, biotechnology, human genome research, and neurosciences.

BioMed Central
Articles from over 250 open-access biomedical, medicine, health, and biotechnology related online journals.

ScienceDirect provides access to articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books on scientific, medical, and technical topics.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar allows searching of multidisciplinary scholarly literature including articles, papers, these, books, abstracts, and technical reports from a wide variety of resources such as journals, repositories, and the web.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and web sources with tools to track, analyze, and visualize research. Scopus provides access to a broad portfolio of peer-reviewed content from around the world.