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The Biotechnology Option for Malaysia  
Editor: Ghazally Ismail 
The stark reality of the world as it is today is that it is divided into two the "bioresource-rich" countries of the developing world and the "technology-rich" advanced nations.  The future for developing countries critically lies in the choice and path they take in utilising their rich and diverse bioresources prudently and sustainably.  To do this they must carefully weigh out the suitability of and the ramifications that might emerge from the adoption of technology presently available in the developed nations. 
Malaysia, in its continuing effort to achieve industrialised-nation status has opted, for biotechnology as one of the many enabling technologies through which it can effect a quantum leap in this technological era.  This is done for a number of reasons.  Malaysia today remains one of the last few countries in the world that are still endowed with vast expanse of luxuriant and biologically diverse rainforests.  Biotechnology is highly dependent on rich biological resources, particularly the yet unexplored and underexploited resources of its forests and surrounding oceans.  This natural wealth of genetic diversity will increase the likelihood of being "first-to-market" in product development that is ever-increasingly crucial in today's biotechnology industry.  This book, written by a team of distinguished scientists and industrial managers, argues that biotechnology is an option for Malaysia to uniquely position itself to lead the way.  It is a book of hope that sets a new agenda for Malaysia and its future role in the world. 
1997: 324pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 613 7: US$99.00 

Edited by Ghazally Ismail, Mutiedza Mohamed, Laily bin Din  
There is an urgent need at the national level to assess the status of plant-based chemical prospecting research in Malaysia, with a view of improving the research infrastructural needs and promoting the down-stream utilization of the research findings.  It is hoped that this publication could facilitate such assessment, as well as exposing the general public to the current knowledge and advances in the chemical and bioactivity screening of plants in Malaysia. 
I1996: 229pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 541 6: US$99.00 

Prof.  S.H.Goh, Dr C.H. Chuah, Dr S.J.L. Mok, Dr E. Soepadmo  
This book provides information about the chemical constituents, bioactivity, ecology, botany and ethnopharmacological use of a selected group of potentially useful plants in treating or alleviating cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, artherothrombic brain infarction and peripheral vascular disease-the major causes of death in affluent societies.  This study is confined to plants applicable to the treatment of such diseases, especially those which are native to Malaysia. 
1995: 162pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 515 7: US$89.00 

A Directory 
Compiled by Dr Almah Awaluddin 
Malaysia's long coastline, warm and productive sea environment and numerous islands offer vast opportunities for the development and commercialisation of marine biotechnology.  However, Malaysia has yet to make much significant headway in this area.  This compilation in marine biotechnology are studies of biotechnology in preparing a directory of experts in this field.  The information gathered from almost all leading institutions in Malaysia will help in prioritising and co-ordinating the research objectives.  Marine biotechnology will play an increasingly important role in many areas of human endeavour, including the extraction of pharmaceuticals, aquaculture, environmental remediation, among others, it is necessary that lines of action are carefully oriented to make them need-based and marketable.  
1997: 123pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 578 5: US$59.00 

Edited by Ghazally Ismail and Laily bin Din 
This book is a collection of discoveries in one of the rare and untouched rainforests of the world.  These timely papers are written by esteemed scientists and researchers from various prestigious institutions and universities in Malaysia.  Their findings help us understand our surroundings and lead us to see a better way of preserving these forests. 
1995: 241 pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 522 X: US$99.00 

Edited by Ghazally Ismail, Siraj Omar and Laily bin Din 
This book is the result of many new discoveries from the recent expeditions to the National Park of Sabah by a team of dedicated and experienced scientists from various universities in East and West Malaysia.  Some of the findings are 'firsts' while others give insights into the phenomenal realm of the flora and fauna in one of the world's remaining unspoilt rainforests. 
1995: 213pp 
Hb: ISBN 967 978 540 8: US$99.00