Biotechnology involves the use of living systems, organisms, or parts of organisms to manipulate natural processes in order to develop products, systems, or environments to benefit people. These may be products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals, or compost; systems, such as waste management or water purification; or environments, such as hydroponics. Biotechnology also includes genetic or biomedical engineering.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The use of living things to make products.
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UK Biology Curriculum for GCSE students
Biotechnology describes the use of organisms and biological processes to provide food, chemicals and services to meet the needs of humans.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) single definition
The application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services.
OECD list-based definition
Webster's Random House College Dictionary
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