Ch 2 Biotechnology

Ch 2 Biotechnology - Ch 2 Biotechnology Impacts of...

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Ch 2 Biotechnology Impacts of Technology
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What is biotechnology? Biotechnology , the manipulation of biological organisms to make products that benefit human beings. Biotechnology contributes to such diverse areas as food production, waste disposal, mining, and medicine. ( http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_76157588 )
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When Was Biotechnology First Used? The first achievements in biotechnology were in food production, occurring about 5000 BC. Diverse strains of plants or animals were hybridized (crossed) to produce greater genetic variety. The offspring from these crosses were then selectively bred to produce the greatest number of desirable traits. http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761575885
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Name a Food that is Bioengineered
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Corn was one of the first food crops known to have been cultivated by human beings. Although used as food as early as 5000 BC in Mexico, no wild forms of the plant have ever been found, indicating that corn was most likely the result of some fortunate agricultural experiment in antiquity. http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761575885
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