An Inside Look At What Biotechnology Can Do For Mankind
By The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson
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This article examines what biotechnology is and how it relates to the medical field, agriculture, bio processes, industry and the aquatic field. The author notes that as the planet becomes more polluted and more in need of clean water and food, the field of biotechnology will become even more important.
If you work in any of the high tech or university medical research areas of Southern California, or are involved in agriculture, you may know that biotechnology and patent law are becoming more and more important to your business.
For many individuals, however, biotechnology is a mystery they only hear bad things about on the news.
Iíve been asked, ďWhat is biotechnology really about and does it mean the end of civilization as we know it.Ē
It is often referred to as genetic engineering, which will cause the average person to go into a sweat fearing that he may have just eaten some genetically altered food for breakfast.
But biotechnology is so much more, and in this writerís opinion, it is the hope of mankind if it is developed with an abiding respect for nature and a doctorís creed of ensuring no harm is done.
Today, biotechnology is broken down into four main areas: red biotechnology is applied to the medical field, green biotechnology is applied to agriculture, white biotechnology is in the industrial field and blue refers to the aquatic field.
In the medical field, biotechnology helps develop new medicines, new therapies, and can be used to use normal genes to target or replace defective genes or boost immunity.
In agriculture, biotechnology can be used to boost the yield from crops, reduce the vulnerability of crops to disease or weather, and to increase the nutritional values of foods. It can even be used to improve the taste or texture of foods. A benefit of biotechnology in agricultural applications is to reduce the need for pesticides or other harmful chemicals on crops that go into the nationís water supply.
A new area in which biotechnology is developing rapidly is in biological engineering such as in the development of bio processes from the laboratory to the manufacturing or industrial scale.
Biotechnology is not without criticisms and raises moral dilemmas. What biotechnology can solve sometimes produces unwanted results such as residues and super resistant foods that may contaminate other non-genetically modified crops. Cloning has also stirred much controversy each time it is in the news.
But biotechnology in the future may also lead to new ways to clean up contaminated environments and the pollutants and wastes mankind produces. And as the world does harm to its environment, much must also be done to reverse these effects before it is too late. With the population of the world needing more and cleaner air, water and food, biotechnology can hopefully provide some of the answers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: R. Sebastian Gibson
Sebastian Gibson graduated cum laude at UCLA in 1972 and received two law degrees in the U.S. and the U.K., graduating with an LL.B. magna cum laude from University College, Cardiff in Wales and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in Southern California.
Mr. Gibson began his legal career in San Diego before practicing a number of years in London, England. Today, he has offices in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, Newport Beach, and the firmís Of Counsel office is in Carlsbad, San Diego.
Mr. Gibsonís firm practices law in a wide variety of areas of law including business law and patents throughout Southern California from San Diego, Orange County, Irvine, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, La Jolla, Temecula, Buena Park, Riverside, San Bernardino, Indio, Chula Vista, Palmdale, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, Indian Wells, Fullerton, Orange, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Newport Beach and Carlsbad.
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