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Q: I am in 12th grade now, I will be going to college next year and I am having confusion whether to take Bsc or Btech degree in Biotechnology? I also wanted to know if Bsc biotechnology has good careers opportunities or not? because many people say...
Posted On: Saturday, 10/12/2013 5:00 pm
Answered By: Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program on Friday, 12/06/2013 2:01 pm
A: Good questions – congratulations on planning ahead! Each academic program will be slightly different, but generally speaking, the specific life science or engineering bachelor’s degree obtained does not matter as much as the skill sets you acquire during your undergraduate training. Look for STEM majors that offer a broad, solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, with the opportunity to get hands-on experience in laboratory settings. During sophomore or... Continue Reading
Q: Can you please explain, in layman's terms, how you 'genetically' alter a seed? What exactly does that mean? How does it change the structure?
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:53 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 12/06/2013 1:57 pm
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, recently answered the question, “Can you describe in detail the process by which genes are altered in foods?” His response, available here, includes an infographic which depicts the different methods of plant breeding. An excerpt from his response is also included below: “The process of genetic engineering is a more precise method of genetic modification. Only one, or maybe a few... Continue Reading
Q: Golden rice and GMO disease resistant tarrow both show promise for improving the diet of subsistence farmers. However both of these products have been stuck in limbo for some years as the political fight over GMOs continues. How can non...
Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 10:33 am
Answered By: Jim Gaffney, Ph.D., Strategy Lead, Biotech Affairs and Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer on Thursday, 12/05/2013 7:37 pm
A: Actually, new biotech crops continue to be registered and farmer adoption of biotechnology continues to increase. In fact, in 2012, more than 170 million hectares of commercial biotech crops were planted by more than 17 million farmers in 28 developing and industrial countries around the world. Learn more here. But you are correct that for many important food crops – rice, cassava, banana and sorghum, for example – biotechnology has under-utilized potential to help improve productivity... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 8/04/2013 1:30 am
Answered By: Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program on Thursday, 12/05/2013 7:35 pm
A: A promoter is the main regulatory portion of a gene. The simplest analogy is that a promoter is a “switch” that turns a gene “on” or “off.” It is the portion of the gene where cellular machinery binds before transcribing the DNA blueprint into a useful RNA. There are different types of RNA that may be transcribed, including messenger RNA’s (mRNAs) that encode useful proteins and regulatory RNAs that mediate gene silencing. But, the first step is always binding of an RNA... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 4:31 pm
Answered By: Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program on Thursday, 12/05/2013 7:22 pm
A: High school science standards in California require students to learn the fundamentals of cell biology, genetics, evolution and ecology, topics that form a theoretical knowledge base supporting the applied science of biotechnology. Biotechnology is taught in many middle school and high school life science classes, including single unit modules within a course, stand-alone biotechnology elective courses, and structured multi-year academies that interact with local research universities and... Continue Reading