Biotechnology is technology based on biology. It combines biological disciplines like genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology, and cell biology with technical disciplines like chemical engineering, information technology, and robotics. Organizations are using biotechnology in drug development, medical treatments, agriculture and food processing, biosecurity and biofuels, with new techniques and applications for biotechnology continuously being discovered. In agriculture and medicine, biotechnology techniques have produced new and improved foods, virus resistant crop plants and animals, advances in insect resistance, new antibiotics, vaccines for malaria, improved ways of producing insulin, diagnostic tests for hereditary cancers and Huntington's disease and treatments for AIDS. Increasingly, biotechnology is also being applied to problems in the environment and in energy. Genetically engineered micro-organisms and plants clean up toxic wastes from industrial production and oil spills. Genetic methods are used to identify particular populations of endangered species. Minute traces of animal or plant remains are used to track and convict poachers. Genetic analysis helps botanical gardens, zoos, and game farms improve their breeding programs by determining the genetic diversity of various plant and animal populations. Microbes are making it economically feasible to produce ethanol for running machinery from corn stover, wheat straw, sugar cane waste and other agricultural crop residues.
A degree in Biotechnology opens up the possibilities for numerous different career options. Some of these possibilities include jobs in clinical research, manufacturing and production, marketing & sales, information systems, research, etc. UH Biotechnology Alumni have received offers as Assay Analysts, Biostatisticians, Quality Control Inspectors, Research Associates, Sales Managers, Documentation Specialists, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .
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