Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. We have used the biological processes of microorganisms for more than 6,000 years to make useful food products, such as bread and cheese, and to preserve dairy products.
According to the Biotechnology Industry Organization, “Modern biotechnology provides breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes.” As such, biotechnology can be used to:
a. Heal the World – healthcare
b. Fuel the World – industrial and environmental
c. Feed the World – food and agriculture
For this discussion, please respond to the following questions:
1. Which area of biotechnology (feed the world, fuel the world, heal the world) do you believe is the most important for society today? Explain your choice.
2. Identify and research a specific application of biotechnology from within the category you picked in number 1.
a. Describe in detail its use
b. Describe its impact on society.
3. Cite all references