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The field of biotechnology is in constant flux with new technologies rapidly driving its growth. The following are some of the applications of biotechnology.

 

Healthcare          

 

Biopharmaceuticals: therapeutic drugs and vaccines

Diagnostics: monoclonal antibody-based tests, genetic probes, DNA amplification, and agents improving in-vivo diagnostic imaging

Gene Therapy

 

Agriculture         

 

New plant varieties for improved foods

Safer pest control and improved plant products

Plant disease diagnostics

Improved livestock for food production

Veterinary disease diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines

 

Food Processing

 

Microbial starter cultures, enzymes and vitamins

Food contamination test kits

 

Industrial Processes

 

Organic chemicals

Mineral recovery

Bioelectronics

Waste-stream reduction

Environmental clean-up (bioremediation)

Energy production

Enzymes (detergents, dyes, etc.)

 

Laboratory Instrumentation

 

Nucleic acid amplification technology

Combinatorial chemistry

 

Biology

 

Understanding human disease

Deciphering the human genome and its functionality

Sequencing genomes of microorganisms and plants

 

Source: US Industry and Trade Outlook, 1998 (McGraw-Hill)

 

The following are useful informational resources about this industry.

 

Periodicals

 

Biotechnology Industry Annual Report

Annual survey of developments in the biotechnology industry

www.burrillandco.com

 

BioCentury: The Bernstein Report on BioBusiness

Weekly newsletter providing commentary on biotech news and developments

www.biocentury.com

 

BioWorld

Providing daily, weekly and annual reports on the biotech industry

www.bioworld.com

 

FDC Reports: The Pink Sheet

Weekly newsletter covering the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

www.fdcreports.com

 

Genetic Engineering News

Semi-monthly coverage of the biotech field

www.genengnews.com

 

MedAdNews / PharmaBusiness

Monthly coverage of news and events in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech markets

www.pharmalive.com

 

Modern Drug Discovery

American Chemical Society

Magazine covering methods and tools in drug research

http://pubs.acs.org/journals/mdd/index.html

 

Nature Biotechnology

Monthly journal providing biotech news and research articles

www.nature.com/nbt

 

New England Journal of Medicine

Massachusetts Medical Society

www.nejm.org

 

Books

 

The Molecular Biology of the Cell

Bruce Alberts

New York, Garland Science, 2002

A comprehensive overview of molecular biology

 

Biopharmaceuticals: Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Gary Walsh

New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1998

Broad overview of biopharmaceutical processes and therapies.

 

Health United States

Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics

www.cdc.gov/nchs/

 

Major Trade Associations (US)

 

The Biotechnology Industry Organization

www.bio.org

 

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

www.phrma.org

 

Online Resources

 

Bio.com

Portal for biotech news and analysis

www.bio.com

 

BioSpace

A bioscience gateway with extensive information regarding the industry

www.biospace.com

 

Signals: The Online Magazine of Biotechnology Industry Analysis

Recombinant Capital

www.recap.com

 

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