Joseph Burgess

Biotechnology is used in everyday life

Biotechnology is used in agriculture by scientists making genetically modified plants. These plants can have immunity to diseases and a defense against insects. Biotechnology helps mass produce medicines such as penicillin and insulin. With this, we can make more medicines for people who are diabetic, faster than before. DNA is used in biotechnology by genetically modifying plants and even humans. Scientists can remove, modify, or add genes to DNA in embryos to change how the baby will look, and what the baby may be immune to. Also, we can now perform tests to identify a missing person or even a murderer. We can also see what the chance is of a new-born getting a genetic disorder. Biotechnology is also used in bioremediation by using bacteria, fungi, and plants. The organisms can use the pollution as energy, and over time the plants could clean up the pollution, while also becoming non-tolerant to pollution. The soil and the water will both benefit from bioremediation.

Biotechnology in our lives

Although Biotechnology is great and helps our daily lives, there are still some downfalls to biotechnology. A super plant or animal could develop and could become out of control. Also, genetically modified plants may not be healthy. But, the FDA has a process to make sure these plants are safe to eat. New diseases could develop by plants and genetically modified plants being mixed up in the wild. This is also how a super species that is immune to pesticides, and other chemicals to kill plants, could be developed. A day in the life of a bio technician who was in the medical field would be filled with hard work. The technician would need to research, test, and record results. They are testing living organisms with other biologists. They test how organisms will react with different substances. Similar to the lab we did with the water fleas. This is how new medicines can be developed.

North Carolina's National Rank

North Carolina is ranked 4th over all in the nation. This map shows where research centers are located in North Carolina
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