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Microbial Mining

Several resources explain the role of microbes and biotechnology in mining. Read More

Consumer Attitudes Toward Agricultural Biotechnology

Since their market introduction in 1996, agricultural biotechnologies that confer insect or herbicide resistance have been adopted extensively by agricultural producers. More recently, DNA technologies that produce plantmade pharmaceuticals are being developed for future release. The market penetration of any of these products depends on consumer acceptance, but recent research indicates mixed opinions of GMO (genetically modified organism)- derived products by U.S. consumers. Read More

Teaching Support

Help for teachers of biotechnology. Read More

Biotechnology & Genomics

Through national program leadership and competitive funding opportunities, NIFA provides support for research, education, and outreach in the development and use of biotechnology and genomics. This support involves promoting cutting-edge scientific research for development of beneficial new tools and products that seek new and better ways to sustain and improve agriculture, to protect our environment, and to generate new economic opportunities for agricultural communities. Read More

Genetics: Fact Sheets

Each Fact Sheet contains an edit history, noting their creation date and date of revision/updating. Some originated as early as 1993 and all are checked and revised accordingly at least every two years using a formal comprehensive protocol. New Fact Sheets are developed on topics when there is a demonstrated need ascertained by a formal needs assessment or from consistent requests directly to the Centre. Read More

Food and Agriculture

Humans need food to live. Today, we spend much less time obtaining and preparing food than our grandparents did, and we eat a much greater variety. Read More


This section highlights case studies where biotechnology is being used to address some environmental issues. Biotechnology has the potential for many positive impacts on the environment. For example, it can be used to: * support work on recovering threatened species * control or even eradicate introduced predators and pests * remove wastes and pollution from the environment. Read More

Human Uses of Biotechnology

Biotechnology is leading the way to a new era in health care, with the development of better methods for detecting, preventing and treating disease. Biotechnology techniques, such as DNA profiling, are also proving enormously useful in other areas of human life, e.g. forensic science and identification. Read More

What is biotechnology?

A general description of biotechnology is using living things to create products or to do tasks for human beings. Biotechnology is the practice of using plants, animals and micro-organisms such as bacteria, as well as biological processes – such as the ripening of fruit or the bacteria that break down compost – to some benefit. Read More

Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution

The science is good, the engineering is feasible, the paths of approach are many, the consequences are revolutionary-times-revolutionary, and the schedule is: in our lifetimes. Read More


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