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Egypt. J. Exp. Biol. (Bot.). 2016; 12(1): 79-88


BIOTECHNOLOGY: PAST, PRESENTÙˆ AND FUTURE: A REVIEW

Waqas Ali, Rai Shafqat Ali Khan, Muhammad Farooq, M. Salah-ud-Din Shah, Muhammad Ashir Zia, Irfan Ullah Khan, Mudasser Habib.

Abstract
Knowledge of biotechnology dates back to the start of human civilization. In present day world, ever increasing demand of food due to rapid increase in population is among one of the big challenges for human race. Biotechnology is playing a key role in Agriculture, Food technology, Livestock by introducing genetically improved organisms that has high production, disease resistance and improved nutritious value. Modern industrialization has increasing requirement of energy and waste treatment. Biofuels and bioremediation are the most focused areas to meet these demands as it provides environment friendly, renewable and economical solutions. Health industry is being revolutionized by the introduction of improved vaccines, better diagnostic techniques, gene therapy and bioinformatics tools. Future biotechnology has wider scope and will lead certain fields of science and technology.

Key words: Biotechnology, Agriculture, Medicine, Aquaculture, Environmental, Animal, Past, Present, Future.


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