Biotechnology - Blake Yocom Freshman Seminar Professor...

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Blake Yocom Freshman Seminar Professor Goldberg 5 January 2006 Biotechnology The field of biotechnology has existed for thousands of years. It began with the collecting of seeds and is most recently associated with improving crops, pharmaceutical production, and cloning. However, these new discoveries in science do not go uncontested. Ethical concerns are raised as well as somewhat more practical issues. Gregor Mendel is known as the father of genetics. He was an Austrian monk who studied gene inheritance by using pea plants. By using wrinkled pea varieties as well as smooth peas he showed how traits transfer. Mendel’s work was not noticed until quite some time following his death. It was not until the 20 th century when his research was continued by a number of scientists. This basic understanding of genetics is vital in comprehending the current research in the biotechnology field. Through the process of identifying specific genes that induce certain traits, scientists can successfully create a better organism. In the video, some were quoted saying this
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course BIOL_SCI 108 taught by Professor Goldberg during the Winter '06 term at Northwestern.

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