Biotechnology is defined as the industrial exploitation of living organisms or exploitation of components derived from these organisms. Its practical applications include age-old techniques such as brewing and fermentation.
In recent decades, gene modification has revolutionised the biotechnology industry, spawning countless new products and improving established processes. Today, modern biotechnology is applied in drug, vaccine and food production as well as in the production of bioenergy and biobased products. To effect so many applications, it was necessary for biotechnology to become an applied area of science with a multidisciplinary approach embracing recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, as well as process design and engineering.
Public discussions on biotechnology are still often controversial. For useful discussions, correct knowledge and insight in the topic is wanted and needed. Students with a major in engineering or life science, will get an overview of the core disciplines of biotechnology by following this minor.
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