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Lauren Oldham Professor Tang BSC 2010 December 1, 2015 The aim of biotechnology is to benefit society. Biotechnology attempts to meet the needs as well as demands of humans to improve our quality of life. Over the years, biotechnology has grown rapidly. The number and range of biotechnologies have increased since the discovery of DNA in 1953. As the number and range of biotechnologies increase, so do the potential benefits. However there are some factors that need to be considered when determining the factors of new biotechnologies. People’s different needs and values cause their view on certain biotechnologies to differ. Some individuals have strong moral or religious beliefs that cause them to have particular views on biotechnologies. Biotechnologies involving organ transplants, manipulation of human embryos and using animals in research may be offensive to some groups of people. This can hinder the progress as well as the availability of these types of biotechnologies to a society. Geographic location also needs to be considered when discussing the possible benefits of biotechnology. Different countries have different needs and this affects what biotechnologies are developed or accessible in those countries. For example New Zealand has a very high rate of melanoma therefore a vaccine for melanoma would be a higher priority in New Zealand than in other countries. Also historical context should be considered. Biotechnologies are typically developed based on a society’s needs and demands at a particular time. It may be difficult for a society to accept new biotechnologies at first; however over time they become accepted. Biotechnologies are a very controversial matter due to the ethical issues that they raise. Because of this controversy, they typically become subjects of public debate. Most of the time people become uneasy about new biotechnologies because they involve things that haven’t been done before and they are worried about any sort of negative future effects. Public debate will raises questions and issues about the new biotechnologies and present different viewpoints. These different viewpoints help people make decisions about which biotechnologies that they think are ethical. As our realm of biotechnologies increases, the government develops guidelines in order to minimize risk to people and the environment. Biotechnology allows for the production of a sustainable amount of food for our growing population. Crops can be genetically modified which in turn produces more food. Our earth’s surface is 70% water, and that water is seawater. Seawater is our most abundant water source that is available on this planet. However, it can be very useful. Bioprocesses can turn some of the seaweed found in this seawater into biofuels providing energy. They can also produce fuels for our cars. Biotechnology has also helped a lot with the development and of medicine and manufacturing of medicine and vaccines. This has become so important to the advances of treatment and prevention to certain diseases. The improvements in biotechnology have a real strong benefit to today’s society. Works cited "Impacts of Biotechnology on Society | Biotech Learning Hub." Biotechnology Learning Hub RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015. "How Could Biotechnology Improve Your Life?" ForumBlog. N.p., 25 Feb. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.