Biotechnology is all around us - the products we use, the things that keep us healthy, the food we eat. For National Biotechnology Week, we're bringing together 10 cool things that biotech has given us! (Want more than 10? Check out our Biotechnology Theme, or the Innovations in Pharmaceutical Research & Development timeline.)

1) IPS cells: What are induced pluripotent stem cells?

Dr. Mick Bhatia explains how iPS cells are created & how they can be used. See other videos in this series & learn more about stem cells in our stem cells theme!

2) Plant Pharming: Old Crops Learn New Tricks

You probably don't normally associate tobacco with good health, or carrots with cutting-edge medical breakthroughs. But all that might be about to change.

3) Recombinant Cloning

Learn about the steps involved in recombinant cloning and the applications of this biotechnology.

4) Barcodes of Life

This animated video explains how DNA barcoding is being conducted around the world and describes the findings of various student barcoding projects.

5) Bioremediation

Learn about bioremediation, a process of using microorganisms to clean up toxic sites, in this backgrounder.

6) The HPV vaccine

Media coverage of HPV has increased dramatically since Health Canada approved Gardasil, the first vaccine to protect against HPV and a major breakthrough in the fight against cervical cancer. Here are some important facts you need to know.

7) Biomaterials: Repairing the body with hydrogels

Substances called hydrogels are making it possible to repair cartilage faster, more reliably and with stronger results.

8) Biofuels: Renewable Jet Fuel

Chemist James Kinder describes how Boeing is doing research in the development of biofuels, and in particular for aviation jetfuels.

9) Regenerative Medicine

This animation on regenerative medicine explores the contribution of enabling bio- and nano- technologies and their associated socio-cultural, health, safety and environmental impact.

10) In vitro burgers

Scientists are working to make burgers more eco-friendly by producing beef in a lab using stem cells, instead of relying on livestock farming.

Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston is the Manager for CurioCity & Web Strategy.  She started out in science (biology) before moving to IT, and now works with both! Passionate about promoting the awesome possibilities of both fields, she is also an admitted web geek.


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