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Intro to Biotechnology

A description and history of biotechnology including the scientific achievements that lead to establishment of the industry.
  1. History of Biotechnology (4)

Growing New Bodily Organs in the Lab
Right now the only option for many patients with deteriorating or damaged hearts, lung, livers, kidneys, and other organs, is a transplant. This procedure creates its own host of health issues, not to mention that organs are not easy obtain. However, researchers are working toward an alternative--growing organ out of a patient's own cells in the lab. (Posted: June 29, 2013)

6 Biotech and Biomedical Advances on Horizon in 2014
What are the key biomedical developments expected in 2014? What new discoveries are anticipated or new disease treatments that might pan out?

The Big Biotech Stories of 2013
What were the biggest and most exciting happening in biotechnology and biomedicine over the past year? Check out these six developments that shook up bioscience and biomedical research.

Systems Biology and Next Generation Technology
There is a shift in biomedical research from looking at a single molecule to looking at how tens and hundreds of thousands of biomolecules behave in cells. Read more about how systems biology and next generation analysis technology is changing life science research.

Gene Therapy Is Finally Becoming a Medical Reality
After the death of several patients during gene therapy trials at the start of the century, the approach is making a resurgence. Several promising trials are occuring. (Posted: May 7, 2012)

Broad-Scale System-Wide Protein Analysis with LC/MS
Living things are made of proteins, not DNA. However, advances in our understanding of biology has been hindered do to the inability to analyze proteins in a high-throughput broad-scale manner, similar to the way genes can be analyzed with generation DNA sequencing. Advances in LC/MS, though, are changing this situation.

Genetic Variation, Disease Genes, and Risk Factors
More than just define our physical appearance, genes make us who we are. They determine our unique physiology, influence our social, personality, and intellectual attributes, make us more susceptible to diseases, and determine our response to treatment. Personalized medicine attempts tailor an individual’s health care and treatment based on their unique genetics.

Focusing on the RAS Oncogene
RAS was one of the original cancer-causing genes identified over 30 years ago. The NCI recently started a large project that targets cancers caused by this gene. What makes RAS so central to so many cancers, and why is there a sudden interest in focusing on this oncogene? (Posted: June 26,2013)

SNPs, Indels, and Other DNA Variations That Make Us Who We Are
The small differences between everyone genes are what make us who we are. How do people’s genes differ?

What is Biotechnology and How Did It Make the Biotech Industry
This article provides a summary or overview of biotechnology or biotech with a description of the start of biotechnology, development of commercial biotechnology, and an overview of the biotech industry. It includes brief summaries of the methods that comprise biotechnology and genetic engineering, biotechnology companies, the medical biotech...

Genes Dont Just Make Proteins
New classes of genes that do not make proteins have been found. These new non-coding RNA genes are revolutionizing genomics.

What Are GMOs and How Are They Made?
If you want to understand the basic procedure for genetically engineering plants and animals, take a look at this article.

The History of Cloning Research
Recently researchers have finally cloned a human embryo. However, cloning research goes back more than 100 years. Find out about the work leading up to human cloning. (Published: May 21, 2013)

Biotechnology Areas
Definition of biotechnology and a description of the various aspects of the biotech industry.

Common Biotech Terms You Should Know
A collection of "general knowledge" biotechnology terms that everyone should be familiar with to understand information you might find in the news.

How Were Genes Discovered?
Experiments with chromosomal material that were primarily responsible for the establishment of DNA as the component that encodes for the structures of proteins.

Synthetic Effects, Genetic Complexity, and Cancer Genetics
Genes don't act alone. Most traits are produced by genetic interactions and the effect of gene mutations depends on the gene network present. This combinatorial aspect of genetics makes sorting out the genetics of cancer and other disorders a difficult task. (Posted: May 31, 2013)

Biotechnology and Space Research
Find out how biotechnology research is aiding space programs.

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