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Biotechnology Production Workers


The field of biotechnology emerged in 1972, when scientists created a modified DNA molecule by recombining DNA from two different organisms. In 1982, a biotech company named Genetech began selling the first biotech drug, human insulin. This marked the beginning of the modern use of biotechnology to manufacture products. (Biotechnology concepts such as fermentation have been used for thousands of years to make beer, wine, cheese, and other products.) Companies now produce a vast array of products using biotechnology—from medicines that help people with cancer, heart disease, and other diseases, to biofuels, to bioremediation, to forensic investigations, to a variety of industrial applications. Biotechnology production professionals are the line workers who help turn the groundbreaking ideas of scientists and engineers into actual products that can be used to better society. 

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