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Biotechnology and its place in biology as well as an in depth look on biotech research as a career choice
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Nanotechnology under the skin - Abstract - Nanotechnology - IOPscience

Nanotechnology under the skin - Abstract - Nanotechnology - IOPscience | Biotech-its role in science and its benefits as an occupation | Scoop.it
Concerns over health and ecological implications as living organisms are increasingly exposed to nanoparticles are constantly raised. Yet the use of nanoscale structures in technology and medicine has already infiltrated daily life in countless ways.
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This article describes the uses of nanotechnology and their potential in the field of medicine. Nanoscale structures are used in a variety of household items, and are becoming more important in medicine. Scientists have also been studying the negative effects of nanotechnology on the environment. In the US, researchers checked rivers and other waterways for nanoparticles from human objects. They found that these particles are poisonous to zebrafish.

Nanoparticles have the potential to fight cancer by improving the immune system, instead of destroying it with chemotherapy. These particles can also be used to affect RNA, the material that cells use to express traits. Many of the nanoparticles are released through carbon nanotubes, which have to work with the immune system, pass through the body, and prevent the buildup of toxins. Although a lot has been accomplished in medicine, humans are only scratching the surface of nanotechnology.

 

This article was very interesting, but hard to follow. It was meant to be read by scientists, because there are many unfamiliar terms discussed. I wish the author would be more vivid in his description of the future of medicine, and less specific on the scientific terms.

 

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Demming, Anna. "Nanotechnology under the Skin." IOP Science. IOP Publishing, 2013. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.

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World Book

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The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. World Book is publisher of the World Book Encyclopedia.
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This article is about a famous event in the field of biotechnology and the resulting conflict that arose from it. In 1997, Scottish scientists cloned an adult sheep using a donor nucleus and an egg cell that does not have a nucleus. The fused cell becomes an embryo. This resulting clone, Dolly, caused a national uproar about human cloning. Most people were accepting of cloning animals, but many felt that by cloning humans, people were tampering with our very individuality.

Those in favor of human cloning say that society's fear is un-based. In-vitro fertilization is very similar to cloning, but is accepted. Identical twins are actually clones of each other, and yet they have unique personalities. If humans were cloned, they could not be exactly alike because environments define human character.

The cloning of Dolly radically changed the world, but I do not feel that we should clone anything. It is just as easy to create regular humans as it is to clone them. When it comes to cloning animals, it usually takes between 10 and 100 tries to get a living embryo, and therefore scientist are killing more animals than creating them. The world population has survived for millions of years without cloning, so why start now

 

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Woods, Michael. "Is It Wrong to Clone People?" World Book. World Book Inc,  n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2013.

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Marcelino Velasquez's comment, January 15, 2013 6:43 PM
The goal of this article is to talk about an important scientific breakthrough years ago. But since this breakthrough has conflicting sides, the reflection’s purpose is to also persuade people to believe that one side is right. The breakthrough was that scientists were able to clone organisms, specifically the sheep, Dolly. So people realized that if scientists can clone things that are alive, they can clone humans too. This created a conflict on whether it is ok to clone humans or it is not. One side says that cloning humans will take away a person’s individuality, while the other side says that it will not, using identical twins as an example, since they are clones of each other but have unique personalities.
I agree with the reflection when the author states that he does not support human cloning. The facts he uses also support his opinion. Human have obviously been doing fine without cloning ever since we were created. So we don’t need to clone humans, and there wouldn’t really be a point unless a couple wanted twins badly or something. I don’t think human cloning should be done, but those who favor it make a point when they say that clones don’t take away one’s personality.
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Agriculture - An Overview

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This is a well-written opening article to a series of documents involving biotechnology in agriculture. It is about two things- bioengineering plants, or changing the genetic make-up of plants to make them better to eat, and biopesticides and biofertilizers which can kill pests and help plants while being cost effective and safe to the environment.

Since the human population is constantly growing, scientists need to find a way to feed more people within a certain space set aside for farming. By changing the genes of plants, they can make food healthier, more resistant to disease and faster to grow. However, since multiple genes create plant characteristics, scientists have to identify all of the genes which factor into the trait, and then change them without harming the plant.

Today, we use pesticides to kill insects and other crop-eating organisms. If these poisons travel outside the farm, they can be extremely hazardous to other organisms. Biopesticides can kill insects without hurting the environment. Biofertilizers are natural nitrogen-absorbing organisms and they can save farmers money. The combination of the two can protect and nourish plants.

 

This field of biotechnology sounds like a very interesting occupation because it involves problem solving, science, math, and medicine. This kind of work is the future of the human race and will save millions, if not billions, of lives.

 

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"Agriculture - An Overview." Agriculture - An Overview. National Health Museum, n.d. Web. 01 Jan. 2013.

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Russia is Tapping into U.S. Biotechnology - Forbes

Russia is Tapping into U.S. Biotechnology - Forbes | Biotech-its role in science and its benefits as an occupation | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago a Moscow scientist Michael Fonstein moved to the United States to make his mark on the international science scene.
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This article is about how Western ideas of biotechnology are being moved to the Far East. In the 1990s, Russian scientist Michael Fonstein moved to the US to start a company called Cleveland BioLabs. This biotech company has been trying to create drugs for cancer treatment. However, they are moving a large part of their business back to Russia because it is much easier to develop their drugs there. In the United States, it takes at least ten years to finish the drugs, but in Russia it would only take about three years. This in part is due to the fact that the US has strict drug development codes, while Russia, which is new on the biotech scene, has fewer regulations. Many companies like Mr. Fonstein's have been moving east where it is faster and more cost effective to develop drugs. These methods are not only to help the companies, but also to get drugs more quickly to patients.

 

The goal of this article is to show why medical research companies are moving out of the US and also to tell the reader that Putin is attempting to improve the technological research in his country. I whole-heartily agree with this article because it is very apparent now that companies that used to thrive in this country are now looking to foreign nations to make money.

 

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Soldak, Katya. "Russia Is Tapping into U.S. Biotechnology." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 05 Sept. 2012. Web. 29 Dec. 2012.

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General Logon Page

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This article is a biography on one of the most influential minds in the field of biotechnology: James Watson. Watson was born in 1928 in Chicago. When he was 15 he went to the University of Chicago, and completed all of his schooling by 1950. In 1951 he began to work on the stucture of DNA, and while in England he met biologist Francis Crick. They teamed up, and eventually discovered that DNA molecule was in a double-helix, which sparked a revolution in the field of biology. Watson won a Nobel Prize in 1962, and spent the next 30 years teaching in different Universities. He published several books, including The Molecular Biology of the Gene, the first popular textbook on molecular biology. In 2002, Rosalind Franklins's research on DNA showed that it was infuential in Watson's discovery, but Watson dismissed this. James Watson is still writing about molecular biology all across the country.

 

This biographical insight shows how James Watson, one of the most brilliant biologists ever, changed his field and laid the stepping stones for the discoveries of DNA reproduction and the mapping of the genetic code. These discoveries have led to genetic engineering and DNA testing.                                              

 

   

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"James Dewey Watson." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale,  1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 12 Jan. 2013.

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Marcelino Velasquez's comment, January 15, 2013 6:28 PM
The goal of this article is to talk about James Watson, and remind people who read this insight of his work and contribution to the advancements of DNA research. Thanks to James Watson, Francis Crick, and Rosalind Franklin, we know that DNA is the shape of a double helix and that DNA is located in the nucleus. I agree with the whole reflection. James Watson is one of the greatest biologists in history and deserved every reward he received. The only thing I would’ve of included is more about the biologist Rosalind Franklin, the woman scientist who contributed and a lot to the understand of how DNA is shaped. She is the reason why James Watson and Francis Crick got their conclusion on the structure of DNA anyway. She died at 37, never being thanked for her work or rewarded a Nobel Prize, but we still remember her for her contributions to DNA.
I don’t know if I would want this job. There is a lot to discover, and I have always been the curious type to see what will happen if I do this or what is there to see out there in the world. But I have a lot of time to think about that.
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biotechnology Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about biotechnology

biotechnology Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about biotechnology | Biotech-its role in science and its benefits as an occupation | Scoop.it
Get information, facts, and pictures about biotechnology at Encyclopedia.com. Make research projects and school reports about biotechnology easy with credible articles from our FREE, online encyclopedia and dictionary.
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This encyclopedia article discussed the history of biotechnology and how scientists have made discoveries throughout the ages. The first biotechnologists were selective breeders. Whether they knew it or not, by choosing the best plants to breed they were creating a genetically superior species. Later, humans used yeast to make alcohol. When Darwin published his theory of natural selection, it radically changed the field of biotechnology. When Watson and Crick created a model of DNA, it gave scientists the chance to study it and ultimately map it. Once mapped, the human genome allowed biotechnologists to make advancements in medicine. Embryology and stem cell researched spawned from these discoveries. Once humans mapped their genome, they started mapping other genomes which created agricultural biotechnology which is feeding world populations today. There are ethical problems with some of the applications of biotechnology, and many are not sure how to deal with it. However, biotechnologists are far from completely developing the field. 

 

This is a long article that not only explains the history of biotech but also shows how religion has changed, or argued along with it. I believe that the correlation between religion and science is unneccesary since most people know that the two subjects often conflict.

 

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Cole-Turner, Ronald. "Biotechnology." Encyclopedia.com. Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, 2003. Web. 1 Jan. 2013.

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Biotechnology Career

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Find out about biotechnology career, education, salaries, jobs and outlook.
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This article explains the different fields of biotechnology and why there is a growing need for biotech researchers. According to the article, nanotechnology, genomics, agricultural biotechnology and bioinformatics are the most rapidly growing fields. Nanotechnology involves nanoparticles which can be used to treat defective or dying cells. Genomics is the study of gene-based diseases and how they can be treated or prevented. Agricultural biotechnologists are people who are using gene-modifications to make genetically superior plants and livestock so that the growing human population will not starve. Lastly, bioinformatics is a field of biotechnology where computers are programmed to make visual models and calculations involving molecular biology.

 

In my opinion, this is a good article to start with if you are applying for college and not sure which biotechnology field to major in. It provides a brief overview of important scientific fields but does not give important scientific or financial information. I am sure that all of this information is correct, and it is a great overview for these very large scientific fields, but after reading this, find other articles which provide an in depth look on these subjects.

 

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"Exciting Careers in Biotechnology." Biotechnology Career. Biotechnologycareer.net, 2012. Web. 29 Dec. 2012.

 

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Ale's comment, January 2, 2013 6:21 AM
The goal of this article is to explain the basics of biotechnology and the sub divisions inside biotechnology. It is to give students looking for an interesting career to study, an overview of biotech.
I agree with the article when it talks about the potential benefits of nanotechnology in curing cancers. I agree with this because it seems like a possibility that could potentially have many benefits, and perhaps become a replacement to chemotherapy. I also agree with the use of biotechnology to allow for greater food production. I agree with the statement made about population growth creating a greater demand for food, and thus there not being enough food. I believe that by using biotechnology we will be able to produce more food in an effective way.
This career seems very interesting. I have always been very attracted to nanotechnology and its potential uses. I have read various books about nanotechnology by Michael Crichton. I did not know what career involved nanotechnology and now I do! I am fascinated by the benefits and hazards of nanotechnology.
Maybe the article could have included a bit about how biotechnologists work, such as the fact that some work in groups and others work individually. Other than that I think the reflection did a pretty good job of summing up the article.
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Biotech Job Descriptions - Part 1

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This article is about the numerous job descriptions when it comes to being a biotechnology researcher. According to the article, there are three different jobs departments which involve hands on research: research and development, quality control and clinical research. The first catagory involves actual experimentation, whether you're cleaning glassware or a research assistant or a research associate. Quality control involves the management of raw materials and clinical researcher deal with the legal documentation of the findings. What this article is trying to do is give the everyday reader a chance to get a sampling of each occupation in the different fields of biotechnology. In my opinion, I would want to be a laboratory assistant, who assists in the conduction of experiments, or a research associate, who creates the experiment, manages the research and interprets the final product. These are creative jobs and involve critical thinking. I wish the author had spent less time describing menial tasks like animal handlers, glassware cleaners and technical writers, and more time discussing important jobs, like clinical research associate or biostatician. 

 

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"Biotech Job Descriptions." Biotech Job Descriptions - Part 1. National Health Museum, 2009. Web. 28 Dec. 2012.

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