Biotechnology Overview

The biotechnology industry through genetic engineering experienced its first investment boom in the 1980’s. The production of insulin, growth hormones, and proteins required to stimulate the production of red and white blood cells, Hepatitis B Vaccine and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are some of the breakthroughs in the area. Genetic engineering which is about the most remarkable application of biotechnology involves the manipulation of a living organism’s DNA to improve its traits. In agriculture, GMO plants have been tampered with to either increase yields or improve resilience to environmental conditions like drought. Artificial insemination in animal husbandry, test-tube babies in humans and cloning are some of the expressions of genetic engineering.
Genetically Modified Organisms have for the longest time remained controversial as many express concerns over the health safety of consuming food items produced through the process. Despite the controversy, biotechnology continues to contribute to an improvement in plant and animal varieties, leading to increased food production. The United States Development Agency (USDA) constituted an Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) to understand changes in the field’s application in agriculture. Tengrain Science is involved in facilitating collaborative research spaces between and within institutions. Be sure to contact us immediately for more information.