Biotechnology in the 21st Century
Biotechnology on the Farm and in the Factory (#103)
As the world’s population and overall standard of living continue to increase, the growing demand for food, fuel, and consumer products has reached unprecedented levels. This program examines how biotechnology is helping to meet those needs through genetic engineering to increase crop yields and improve the nutritional value of key staple foods; animal agriculture, founded on selective breeding and edging toward lab-based genetic engineering; and industrial applications of biotech in the manufacturing of chemicals, textiles, beverages, and fuel. [27 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Series Description: Biotechnology is revolutionizing life in the 21st century, but with every breakthrough comes controversy. Do the benefits of stem cell technology, gene-splicing, and other advances outweigh the risks? Using interviews with experts, footage of scientists at work, 3-D animations, and on-screen text, this balanced four-part series introduces viewers to a field of science—and the pressing issues associated with it—that is rapidly changing the world. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production.
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