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Biotechnology means any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use. For instance, biotechnology is applied to improve or facilitate cellular processes such as energy metabolism, gene transfer between unrelated species, or the engineering of enzymes for large scale production of drugs.

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From fear to a constructive dialogue
The term "biotechnology" elicits a range of emotions, from wonder and awe to fear and hostility.

Date: 12 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Argonne National Lab acquires first SiCortex SC5832
Department of Energy research center to enable scientific community to utilize groundbreaking power-efficient architecture

Date: 12 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Not just humans benefit from animal biotechnology
Laboratory animals are the source of major discoveries and breakthroughs in biology, not just in tackling disease but also unravelling fundamental molecular processes.

Date: 12 Dec 2007, Rating: 3.67

Search and Discovery Strategies for Biotechnology: the Paradigm Shift
Profound changes are occurring in the strategies that biotechnology-based industries are deploying in the search for exploitable biology and to discover new products and develop new or improved processes.

Date: 8 Jun 2007, Rating: 3.57, 8 pages

Consumer attitudes toward biotechnology: Lessons for animal-related applications
Newer techniques of biotechnology, such as recombinant DNA, offer scientists a range of tools to enhance the quality

Date: 8 Jun 2007, Rating: 3.50, 7 pages

Biotechnology and Food Systems in Developing Countries
Even in a world with adequate food supplies in global markets, which is the situation today, biotechnology offers important opportunities to developing countries in four domains.

Date: 8 Jun 2007, Rating: 2.89, 9 pages

Food Biotechnology: Benefits and Concerns
This paper summarizes the benefits and risks of this new technology, describes consumers’ knowledge and attitudes, explains the regulatory process new products of biotechnology go through prior to commercialization, and identifies challenges facing the

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 5.83, 7 pages

Producing medicines in plant seeds
Using plants to produce useful proteins could be an inexpensive alternative to current medicine production methods.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 5.71

Abertay researchers in clover to unearth destructive bug
Scots scientists are playing a key role in a major new research effort which could save Britain's farmers millions of pounds a year through reductions in fertiliser and pesticide use.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 5.00

Harvesting "green" pharmaceuticals
Blood substitutes and antibodies to combat caries, harvested from plants - molecular farming provides a solution.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 3.00

New vaccines harvested from plants
Producing vaccines and other pharmaceutical products from genetically modified plants has many advantages over traditional methods: shorter development times, lower costs and less risk of contamination.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 4.20

Define 'precautionary principle' to avoid clashes over biotechnology under World Trade rules
Need for common approach to assessing risk of biotech-derived products, authors say

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Abertay scientist sets out to find undiscovered yeast
A University of Abertay Dundee scientist has braved scorching temperatures in harsh deserts to track down a new strain of "killer yeast" which could be used in agriculture and beer brewing.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 2.00

A biomolecular console
In the future, could molecules in complex biotechnological processes be programmed like today's semiconductor microelectronic circuits?

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 7.00

No Justification for ban on GM plantings
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the major funder of basic plant science research in the UK, rejects the arguments of those calling for a blanket moratorium on genetically modified (GM) crops in the UK.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Success Breeds Success At Oxford Bioincubator
The highly successful bioincubator, the Oxford BioBusiness Centre, is proving a fertile breeding ground for some of the country's leading-edge biotechnology companies.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

On-line shopping - for viruses, fungi, bacteria and much more
Soon, it will not just be catalogues of consumer goodies such as wines, books and cars that you can browse on the world wide web.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Experts: Expanding biotechnology research in developing countries key to countering bioterrorism
Call for world scientists' network to keep vigil on biotechnology misuse

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Biotechnology has failed to live up to its promises
Promises of cheaper and better drugs using biotechnologies have not been met, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 2.00

York Researchers Develop Pollution-busting Plants To Clean Up Contaminated Land
Decades of military activity have resulted in pollution of land and groundwater by explosives resistant to biological degradation.

Date: 7 Jun 2007, Rating: 5.00