Biotechnology in Blood Transfusion: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Symposium on Blood Transfusion, Groningen 1987, Organized by the Red Cross Blood Bank Groningen-Drenthe by Springer-Verlag New York Inc. (Paperback, 2011)
This symposium is devoted to Biotechlogy in Blood Transfusion; there are 22 experts discussing the state of the art in the application of moclonal anti- bodies, recombinant DNA techlogies and heterologous expression systems to the improvement and sometimes replacement of blood products, charac- terization of blood constituents, and the effect of these developments on blood transfusion procedures. Ten and maybe five years ago the title of a symposium such as this would have been Biosciences in blood transfusion, informing what basic developments in molecular biology, biochemistry and human physiology might pertain to blood transfusion in the distant future. That future is getting closer, and t only one is interested in basic developments in immulogy, recognition and identification of viral and bacterial components and products, tissue and blood bloodgroup blood group typing, typing, but also in the potential application of these developments and their ecomic perspectives. That is what biotechlogy is all alI about: basic science telIs tells us where and how we might look for new techlogies, and the development of such tech- logies is only possible if there is a perspective for improvement in quality, safety, acceptance or performance to cost ratio.