Why Study Biotechnology?
The Center for the Study of Technology and Society While technology generally aims to create tools to empower man, biotechnology aims to change man himself, to better fit him to the world. Simply put, biotechnology is the application of advances made in the biological sciences, especially involving the science of genetics and its application. Biotechnology has helped improve food quality, quantity and processing. It also has applications in manufacturing, where simple cells and proteins can be manipulated to produce chemicals. But biotechnology is most important for its implications in health and medicine. Through genetic engineering – the controlled alteration of genetic material – scientists have been able to create new medicines, including interferon for cancer patients, synthetic human growth hormone and synthetic insulin, among others. In recent years, scientists have also attempted to employ the methods of genetic engineering to correct certain inherited conditions, and have been