WHAT IS BIOTECHNOLOGY?
The importance of biotechnology in promoting human welfare can’t be overstated enough. It is making marked contributions in the areas of human health, agriculture, medicine, the environment, renewable energy and fuels, population control and animal health. Notable achievements in medical biotechnology alone include the production of monoclonal antibodies, DNA and RNA probes for disease diagnosis, artificial vaccines for inoculation, rare and highly valuable drugs such as human interferon and gene therapy for treatment of genetic diseases.
These achievements could never have been realized without the ability of data scientists and data analysts to combine the biological sciences with information technology in order to aid biotech researchers in creating databases to store and manage large sets of data, develop algorithms and statistics to determine relationships among datasets, and use these tools to analyze and interpret biological data.