Biotechnology broadly defined is using living organisms to solve problems or to make products.
From this definition, one could say that biotechnology has been practiced by human society for a long time, in such activities as baking bread, brewing, breeding crops or animals.
Today, it is still biotechnology, but scientists have a better understanding if cells, biological molecules, proteins, DNA and other building blocks of life. Scientists are now using nanotechnology to manipulate life at the atomic level.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information web site has plain language introductions to bioinformatics, genome mapping, molecular modeling, SNPs, ESTs, microarray technology, molecular genetics, pharmacogenomics, and phylogenetics.
Potential benefits of biotechnology
Potential drawbacks of biotechnology
There are many moral and ethical concerns associated with cloning. A good understanding of the basic science and processes that lay behind cloning and what they can do, will help you make better decisions regarding its use. Cloning
Agricultural biotechnology is a broad range of tools--including traditional breeding and genetic engineering, that are used to modify plants or animals.
Read more about agrobiotechnology
Researchers and medical doctors of today hope to make the legendary concept of regeneration into reality by developing therapies to restore lost, damaged, or aging cells and tissues in the human body.
Genetic engineering is when humans manipulate an organism's genetic material in a way that does not occur under natural conditions.
Natural Selection - Nature's own genetic engineering
Genetic discrimination occurs if people are treated unfairly because of differences in their DNA that increase their chances of getting a certain disease. For example, a health insurer might refuse to give coverage to a woman who has a DNA difference that raises her odds of getting breast cancer. Employers also could use DNA information to decide whether to hire or fire workers.
New biotechnology research is making designer babies a reality now. Embryo screening technology and gene-editing may soon help you choose what type of baby you want.
The Wired Guide to CRISPR - Wired
DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult - The Conversation
The First Cell-Free CRISPR Tech Is Here To Personalize Cancer Treatment - Futurism - 04/18
A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR - The Atlantic - 02/18
While the U.S. waits, China has been CRISPRing human cancer patients since 2015 - Tech Crunch - 01/18
Scientists Are Creating GMO Species That Can’t Survive - FFA - 01/18
Gene editing – and what it really means to rewrite the code of life - The Guardian - 01/18
Baby born from embryo frozen 25 years ago - Youtube (2:37) - 12/17
Peril resides in the promise of gene editing - The WorldPost (Opinion) - 12/17
It’s time India has a conversation about ethics of gene editing - HT (Opinion) - 12/17
The FDA Is Not Cool With Selling DIY Gene Therapies - Gizmodo - 11/17
CRISPR muscle boosting gene therapy at few thousand dollars per year will go mainstream - NextBigFuture - 11/17
How Connecticut Researchers Are Rewriting DNA and Getting Closer to Cures - Connecticut Magazine - 11/17
An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time - The Atlantic - 11/17
What is Biotech? - Science Blogs - 09/17
How do GMOs work? What is their purpose? - Quora - 08/17
First Human Embryos Edited in U.S. - MIT Technology Review - 07/17
The Human Genome Was Never Completely Sequenced - SciAm - 06/17
A New CRISPR Pill Makes Bacteria Destroy Its Own DNA - Futurism - 05/17
How scientists in Britain are deciding the future of humanity - Newsweek - 04/17
Unproven stem cell therapy blinds three patients at Florida clinic - Stanford Medice - 03/17
How Fully Synthetic Complex Life Just Got a Lot Closer - Singularity hub - 03/17
Editing DNA by Mail - Futurism video - 02/17
How the discovery of stem cells revolutionized medicine - Globe and Mail - 01/17
Salmonella Has Been Genetically Engineered to Consume Brain Tumors - Futurism - 01/17
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