By Katie Ellis
What is the role of DNA in biotechnology?
How is biotechnology used in DNA testing?
How is biotechnology used in the health industry in making medicines like penicillin and insulin?
How is biotechnology used in agriculture?
How is biotechnology used in environmental clean-up?
Biotechnology is used in environmental clean-up in the form of microbes which break down many chemicals in the environment. Another use is bioremediation which is when microbes are used to clean up oil or chemical spills, such as gasoline leaking from an underground tank. A final experimental technique is biopulping, which uses selected fungi to soften wood chips in the process of making paper. This is intended with the goal of using less energy and fewer chemicals.
What are the potential negative impacts of biotechnology?
Summary of Job
"Epi" means on, "demo" means people, and "ology" means science of ___. This means that epidemiology is the science of (germs) on people. A day in life of an epidemiologist would include compiling data to try and understand the causes of diseases, improving public health issues, and preventing future problems. An important quality to have in this job would be being highly observant due to a constant demand for you having to analyze data and plan studies in order to find new statistics about diseases, and then report those findings to others in the medical and public health field.
Biotechnolgy in Food
Did you know food biotechnology saved Hawaii's papaya crops from devastation by developing virus-resistant crops?
Biotechnology in Animals
The genetically modified kitten, Mr. Green Genes, looks like an everyday, average pet when the lights are on...
Biotechnology in Animals Continued
...when the lights are turned off, however, he glows under an ultraviolet, light thanks to a florescence gene in his cells.