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Title: Biotechnology


1
Biotechnology
  • Improving Our Lives with

Chuck Hages
Jace Martin
Chris Mundo
2
Biotechnology Intro
  • Biotechnology is any technological application
    that uses biological systems, living organisms,
    or derivatives thereof, to make or modify
    products or processes for specific use.
  • The three main areas affected by biotechnology
    are Medical, Agricultural, and Industrial
    Systems.

3
Effects of Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology affects every part of our lives in
    the 21st Century including

4
Medical Field
  • Antibiotics and Vaccines
  • In fifty-one million physician visits in the
    United States, 55 to 66 of the patients
    diagnosed are prescribed antibiotics to easily
    eliminate bacterial infections that before could
    have even claimed their lives.
  • Vaccines have also made an important effort in
    helping to cure disease epidemics

5
Medical Field
  • Human Genetics
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Stem cell research has proven potential to help
    the over 10 million people with osteoporosis, 43
    million arthritis sufferers, and 250,000 people
    paralyzed by spinal cord injuries.
  • Genetic Diseases

6
Social Impact
  • Moral and Ethical Controversies associated with
    the medical aspects of Biotechnology
  • Stem Cell Research and Gene Therapy

7
Agriculture
  • Single largest influence on farming since the
    cultivator
  • Been around since bread could rise.
  • Today, there are over 200 million acres of crops
    in over 17 countries that have been improved by
    biotechnology.

8
Agriculture
  • How does it help?
  • Increased yields per plant
  • Increased resiliency to chemicals such as
    pesticides
  • Easier to grow
  • Economic gains for farmers
  • Ending world hunger

9
Social Impact
  • Moral and Ethical Controversies
  • Unsafe Food?
  • FALSE

10
Industry
  • Helping the Environment
  • burn cleaner
  • made less toxic
  • biodegradable
  • recyclable
  • low to zero greenhouse gas emissions

11
Industry
  • Plastics
  • Made from Biomass
  • Biomass Fuels
  • Biodeisel and Bioethenol
  • potential to produce over 1.3 billion tons of
    biomass in the U.S. which would increase our
    current fuel production by 40 fold to over 165
    billion gallons of biofuel a year
  • Biorefineries
  • Lower emissions

12
Industry
  • Economical Benefits
  • Cheaper Production
  • Government Incentives

13
Conclusion
  • Biotechnology has grown more in the last 10
    years than almost any other field of science.
    This growth is due to the fact that it has helped
    benefit virtually every aspect of our lives. Its
    benefits may potentially one day be able to reach
    out to help virtually any person, in any
    profession, in a positive way. Although there
    are some clear concerns with the different
    aspects of biotechnology, government regulations
    have helped make sure that the technologies we
    use are safe and have constructive affects on us
    and our environment. With these strict
    government regulations in mind, it should be no
    question that the positive benefits we gain from
    biotechnology far outweigh any moral and social
    implications.
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