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Biotechnology is any technological application that makes use of biological systems, living organisms and its components to create products and other technological systems with the aim of advancing the human condition. This advancement may come in the form of increased food production, medicinal breakthroughs or health improvement as result of new knowledge and products. The term is an obvious combination of the word bio (life) and technology.
Biotechnology is a big concept and encompasses many industries, but with a common emphasis on the use of living organisms to reach whatever goal its branch may have. It aims to develop technologies and procedures to modify living organisms to suit human purposes, with examples going back to the earliest ancestors of man having discovered domestication of animals, cultivation of plants, and their improvements based on artificial selection and hybridization.
The biggest areas of biotechnology are agriculture and the pharmaceutical and medical sciences. Throughout the history of agriculture, farmers have altered the genetics of their animals and crops in order to get a more bountiful harvest and create hardier varieties that can survive in different climates. The fermentation of various foodstuffs such as beer and wine, pickles and cheese are also one of the earliest forms of biotechnology. Because of a fascination with microbes like yeast for various food preparation processes such as the brewing of beer and leavening of bread, this led to Louis Pasteur’s work in 1857, gifting humanity with a better understanding of microbial life and fermentation, as well as the development of antibiotics.
Some branches of biotechnology: