The Benefits and Disadvantages of Biotechnology

By StartUp City | Friday, October 09, 2020

Some diseases are genetic. With the help of biotechnology, it has become possible to understand these diseases more.

FREMONT, CA: The benefits and disadvantages of Biotechnology can vary from altering genes in living things to medical applications. Biotechnology is applied to crops and animals. There are various branches of biotechnology. It can be utilized in marine processes, medical processes, and agricultural processes. Applying biotechnology the right way can bring about several benefits to humans. When it is not handled properly, it can lead to several drawbacks.

Let us look at the pros and cons of biotechnology:

Benefits

Top 15 BioTech Startups - 2019• Improving Medical Treatments

Some diseases are genetic. With the help of biotechnology, it has become possible to understand these diseases more. For instance, one understands how diseases such as cancer come up by studying biotechnology. When experts can identify how the disease affects the genes, it becomes easier to develop the correct therapies that can target them.

• Helping in Waste Management

Managing waste is a great concern for countries worldwide. A sustainable waste management process is necessary to protect nature and its inhabitants. Biotechnology helps in managing waste. Using biodegradable materials to package items makes it easy to manage landfills. It would be easier for the waste to rot and leave space for easy management of the waste yards. Besides, properly utilizing biotechnology can contribute to the reduction of waste.

Disadvantages

• Turing Human Lives into Commodities

Some companies have started to alter human crop DNA for profit-making. The patenting of certain gene sequences that can be applied in both crops and humans has raised ethical issues. People now think that the introduction of biotechnology has given people the power to control other’s lives through the application of technology.

• The Spread of Certain Crop Diseases Increases

Some crop diseases can be prevented through gene diversity. For instance, the spread of blight in crops can be curbed through gene diversity. Applying biotechnology can lead to large tracks of land under one crop that has been modified genetically to improve yields. In these cases, blight in crops that could be controlled through gene diversity would spread fast.

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