ERIC Number: EJ708729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
Reference Count: 10
Reed, Philip A.
Technology Teacher, v64 n4 p14 Dec 2004
This article introduces the subject of bioprospecting to students. It is a very old biotechnology that involves some very new techniques. Genetic engineering and other processes allow biologists, chemists, and biotechnologists to collect microorganisms and change them in ways that previously were not possible. Organisms that thrive under adverse conditions, extremophiles, are highly sought after and have a wide range of applications. Early bioprospectors tried to exploit the nations of the southern hemisphere because they contain an abundance of natural materials. World courts, regulatory agencies, and other organizations have helped shape policies and continue to work on equitable policies that allow benefit-sharing of natural resources. The product applications of bioprospecting are almost limitless. Products and processes that stem from bioprospecting are already abundant in areas of agriculture, pharmaceutical, environmental, and industrial biotechnology. Suggestions for a class activity entitled "Become a Savvy Bioconsumer" is provided at the end of the article designed to help teachers and students learn how bio-related technologies are used commercially.
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Engineering, Science Instruction, Technological Literacy, Standards, Biotechnology, Drug Therapy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Students; Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: California