How is Biotechnology Used?

Four primary fields have affected by advances in biotechnology. Here are just some of the uses that have been discovered for biotechnology in those fields. Perhaps you could help develop the next advancement!

  • Designing organisms to produce antibiotics
  • Creating medicines that are more effective and have fewer side effects
  • Conducting gene therapy, genetic testing and DNA fingerprinting
  • Using microorganisms to produce vaccines and hormones; insulin is produced this way


What Is Biotechnology?

The term “biotechnology” encompasses a broad range of separate technologies that affect an increasing number of careers and industries.

Four primary fields — medicine, agriculture and animal husbandry, general industry and environmental protection — have benefited from advances in biotechnology. See How Is Biotechnology Used? for specific examples.

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