Biotechnology

Biotechnology involves using living organisms or substances derived from living organisms, such as DNA or proteins, to make some kind of product. Many different kinds of products are made through biotechnology.  These can include fermented foods such as beer, yogurt, and chocolate, drugs, laundry detergents, stone-washed genes, orchids.  They can also include diagnostic tests that identify mutations in DNA or the presence of pathogenic bacteria.  

Every job area listed on this site belongs under the umbrella of biotechnology. 

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These positions are also known by other names such as laboratory support worker, clean room technician, cleaning technician, glasswasher, laboratory helper, laboratory aide, and equipment preparation technician. Generally only a high school diploma is required but an individual ... Read more

Product Develop Technicians, sometimes called "Product Development Associates," assist with the creation and production of medical devices (products for use in the medical sciences). The medical device field has a broad range of products, including coronary artery stents, orthopedic devices, ... Read more

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Submitted by Todd Smith on Thu January 03, 2019.

Biotechnology manufacturing is changing from a one-size-fits-all paradigm to single batches of individualized therapeutics and tissues that are tailored to individuals. The new manufacturing processes require large numbers of technicians, which is increasing biotech employment opportunities. The Skills for Biomedical Emerging Technology Applications (NSF-ATE DUE #1800909) is a three-year endeavor to develop education recommendations for the next generation ... Read more

Immunoprofiling sample preparation
Posted from Discovering Biology in a Digital World by Todd Smith on Wed Dec 05, 2018

As previously discussed , immunoprofiling is the quantitative measurement of antigen receptors (ARs; antibodies or T-cell receptors) in a sample. Massively parallel (NextGen) DNA sequencing is a commonly used method for this purpose because receptor diversity can be quickly and cost-effectively measured with the added benefit that individual receptors can be quantified.

AR diversity is a ... Read more

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Biotechnology is the field of study that involves the practical use of biological processes in industrial production. The early applications of biotechnology gave rise to the making of beer, wine, and cheese. With advances in technology, vaccine development and insulin production were made possible through biotechnology. Advances in computing technology are transforming biotechnology in new ways. Read more

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Lena Bengtsson graduated from the Biotechnology program at City College of San Francisco where she received  certificates in Bio-manufacturing, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Lab Assistant, Stem Cell Technology, Completed a CIRM funded Stem Cell Trainee program and received an Associates Degree in Biotechnology.  She currently works for the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Assistant.Read more

Mona Easterling is a professor and outreach planner. She completed the biotechnology program at Tulsa Community College. In addition, she holds an M.S. in Natural Science, a B.S. in Molecular Biology, and an A.S. in Biotechnology. Below, she describes her multifaceted work as a professor and outreach planner at the interface of biotechnology and communication.  Read more

Dmitry Serbzhinsky holds a B.S. and M.S., and he completed the Biotechnology Lab Specialist program at Shoreline Community College. He now works in protein purification at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in the South Lake Union area of Seattle, WA. Dmitry describes how he uses a variety of skills for conducting cutting-edge work to isolate and characterize proteins.  Read more

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Many biotechnology products are grown in living cells.

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Learn how biotechnology and biomanufacturing are used in producing drugs.

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Internships are a standard part of community college biotechnology and environmental technology programs. Learn what these internships may involve.

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