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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.




Biopharmaceuticals: therapeutic drugs and vaccines

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

Gene Therapy




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


Waste-stream reduction

Environmental clean-up (bioremediation)

Energy production

Enzymes (detergents, dyes, etc.)


Laboratory Instrumentation


Nucleic acid amplification technology

Combinatorial chemistry




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.




Biotechnology Industry Annual Report

Annual survey of developments in the biotechnology industry


BioCentury: The Bernstein Report on BioBusiness

Weekly newsletter providing commentary on biotech news and developments



Providing daily, weekly and annual reports on the biotech industry


FDC Reports: The Pink Sheet

Weekly newsletter covering the pharmaceutical and biotech industries


Genetic Engineering News

Semi-monthly coverage of the biotech field


MedAdNews / PharmaBusiness

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


Modern Drug Discovery

American Chemical Society

Magazine covering methods and tools in drug research


Nature Biotechnology

Monthly journal providing biotech news and research articles


New England Journal of Medicine

Massachusetts Medical Society




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


Major Trade Associations (US)


The Biotechnology Industry Organization


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America


Online Resources

Portal for biotech news and analysis



A bioscience gateway with extensive information regarding the industry


Signals: The Online Magazine of Biotechnology Industry Analysis

Recombinant Capital


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