Biotechnology is a discipline that uses living organisms to manufacture commercial products. Scientists from many fields share their interest in biotechnology. Biochemists, for example, look for ways to transform bacteria into factories of new products. Genetic engineers are trying to find a way for using biotechnology on a large commercial scale. While agricultural scientists study methods of obtaining new products from plants.
Although the development of biotechnology in the last two decades represents a revolution in science, biotechnology is not new for the human race. Humans have been using biotechnology since the Egyptians, before 6,000 B.C., learned how to use moldy bread to treat infections. Modern genetic engineering and other biotechnological procedures do seem to promise some remarkable changes both in science and in our everyday lives.
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