What is biotechnology?

  • (noun): The branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments.
    Synonyms: bioengineering, ergonomics
    See also — Additional definitions below


Biotechnology (sometimes shortened to "biotech") is generally accepted as the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use" (UN Convention on Biological Diversity) . For thousands of years, humankind has used biotechnology in agriculture, food production and medicine. The term itself is largely believed to have been coined in 1919 by Hungarian engineer Karl Ereky. In the late 20th and early 21st century, biotechnology has expanded to include new and diverse sciences such as genomics, recombinant gene technologies, applied immunology, and development of pharmaceutical therapies and diganostic tests.

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... is a competition for high school students that recognizes original research in biotechnology ... Held each year at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention and organized by the Biotechnology Institute, it is the most prestigious high school science ...
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... (National Institutes of Health) (NIGMS) instituted a funding mechanism for biotechnology training ... Universities nationwide compete for these funds to establish Biotechnology Training Programs (BTPs) ... Biotechnology training is also offered at the undergraduate level and in community colleges ...
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... biologist whose research work in the field of genetics and plant biotechnology is recognized worldwide ... the Review Committee on Genetic manipulation of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India Science Panel member, the Department for International Development/ Biotechnology and ...

More definitions of "biotechnology":

  • (noun): The branch of molecular biology that studies the use of microorganisms to perform specific industrial processes.
    Example: "Biotechnology produced genetically altered bacteria that solved the problem"