Current Events in Biotechnology
In this lesson, we learn what biotechnology is and how it applies to various concepts from our daily lives.
• Understand the different fields that biotechnology brings together
• Give an overview of various applications of biotechnology
• Appreciate the different applications and understand how they work
6th Grade - 7th Grade - 8th Grade - 9th Grade
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Biotechnology related headlines are mentioned in daily news more than ever. This relatively new technology is helping to develop methods to be used in many areas, some of which are agriculture, medicine and even law. As biotechnology advances, the need to agglomerate different areas of science is becoming a necessity. As a result, this relatively new area brings together researchers from many different backgrounds such as genetics, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. In order to understand how these different fields come together, let us talk about some daily life examples that you might have heard discussed in the news.
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