THE POWER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
The power of biotechnology is no longer fantasy. Biotechnology: the use of technologies based on living systems to develop commercial processes and products now includes the techniques of recombinant DNA, gene transfer, plant regeneration, cell culture, monoclonal antibodies and bioprocess engineering. Using these techniques, we have begun to transform ideas into practical applications. For instance, scientists have learned to genetically alter certain crops to increase their tolerance to certain bacteria, viruses, fungi etc. Biotechnology offers new ideas and techniques applicable to agriculture. It offers tools to develop a better understanding of living systems, of our environment and of ourselves. Yet continued advances will take a serious commitment of talent and funds. Biotechnology offers tremendous potential for improving crop production. It can provide scientists with new approaches to develop crop varieties resistance to diseases and reduce the need for expensive agricultural chemicals.