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Biotechnology

Crop breeding and brewing beer are some of the earliest examples of altering living things for human use, beginning thousands of years ago. Now tools for manipulating DNA and other advances have taken biotechnology into new territory.

Explore biotechnology's history, how it is being used for medicine, food production and more — and some of the debates that surround it.

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How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

Put enzymes (in the form of meat tenderizer) to work and extract DNA from a variety of vegetables and fruits. Make sure it's OK to use the blender. More...

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Genetic Science Learning Center
Engineering: Dream Up the Future

Engineering: Dream Up the Future

Wondering what engineering careers are available? Or looking for advice about how to get into the engineering program of your choice? Find out how to "engineer your path" with this helpful site. More...

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American Society for Engineering Education
Biotechnology at the Cutting Edge

Biotechnology at the Cutting Edge

Meet four scientists who are using biotechnology to tackle disease, produce fuels, improve crops, and understand the microbes in our bodies. More...

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Smithsonian
Catalyst: Dr. Craig Venter

Catalyst: Dr. Craig Venter

What is Dr. Venter, one of the first people to sequence the human genome, working on these days? Creating "artificial life" that he hopes will be able to power the planet. More...

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
DNA Manipulation

DNA Manipulation

Once DNA was discovered, researchers raced to figure out how to use it. Listen to stories from the pioneers of genetic engineering, and understand the concerns around this then-unknown technology. More...

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DNA Learning Center
DNA Microarray Virtual Lab

DNA Microarray Virtual Lab

DNA microarrays allow scientists to investigate thousands of genes at once. Learn more and do a virtual experiment to compare gene activity in cancer vs. healthy cells. More...

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Genetic Science Learning Center
Engineer a Crop

Engineer a Crop

Compare traditional plant breeding with a modern genetic approach as you engineer crops in this interactive activity. More...

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PBS
Enzyme Technology

Enzyme Technology

Making sweets, removing stains, and creating truly vegetarian cheeses are some of the ways these biological catalysts are used. Check it out. More...

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BBC
Food: How Altered?

Food: How Altered?

What are genetically modified crops? Are they safe? How could they affect the environment? Could they help feed the world? Dig into these questions here. More...

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National Geographic
Is It Ethical to Engineer Delicious Cows that Feel No Pain?

Is It Ethical to Engineer Delicious Cows that Feel No Pain?

If scientists could engineer livestock to feel no pain, should they? Biotechnology can raise some thought-provoking questions. What do you think?
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Popular Science
Putting DNA to Work

Putting DNA to Work

Explore the many ways DNA technologies can be useful: understanding disease, improving crops, solving crimes and more. More...

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Koshland Science Museum
Recombinant DNA and the Birth of Biotech

Recombinant DNA and the Birth of Biotech

The first genetically engineered product was human insulin mass-produced produced by bacteria. Read more about the beginnings of modern biotechnology. More...

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Smithsonian
Timeline: DNA Science from Mendel to Today

Timeline: DNA Science from Mendel to Today

Check out this interactive timeline tracing 150 years of genetic discoveries, from Gregor Mendel's experiments on pea plants to the sequencing of the human genome. More...

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DNA Learning Center
What Makes a DNA Fingerprint Unique?

What Makes a DNA Fingerprint Unique?

Forensic scientists can use DNA to solve crimes. Explore the unique "fingerprint" of DNA sequences with this computer-based experiment. More...

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Science Buddies

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