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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Why Biotechnology?

Author
item Rexroad Jr, Caird

Submitted to: Animal Biotechnology
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 25, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Technology can be defined variously as "applied science", "a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose" or "the totality of the means employed to provide objects necessary for human sustenance and comfort" . The first two definitions point clearly to roots of technology in science. Animal biotechnology then refers to technologies that derive from the application of the sciences of animal biology. Science can be defined as "knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through the scientific method" . A justification for animal biotechnology then must speak to both science and technology. In this brief paper, I will explore both the rationale for conducting scientific research and for the application of its findings in the form of biotechnology.

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