Chances are, you are looking at
some part of your life that the science
of biotechnology has made better.
If you are with your family right now, you’re looking
at people who are benefiting from biotechnology.
Give them a hug, and read on.
Has a member of your family result in liver cancer, the
been vaccinated against Centers for Disease Control and
hepatitis B, either separately or Prevention calls this “the first
as part of an infant or childhood anti-cancer vaccine.”
vaccination regimen? If so, you
Improving Your have biotechnology to thank for
protection against this sometimes
Do you know
Family’s Health fatal disease that attacks millions
of people each year. Because
the vaccine prevents infection- there were few
related liver damage that can options for
insulin-dependent diabetes dissolve with breast cancer, leukemia,
diabetics who were drugs that blockages lymphoma or another cancer,
allergic to animal- reduce the during heart it will help you to know that
derived insulin. That devastating attacks. The biotechnology has developed
year, a human impact of this first drug therapies over the past 20 years
version of the disease. approved in this class that are working wonders. A
drug entered is now used to treat a stroke growing percentage of cancer
the market Has anyone in your family had in progress. The result is that a patients survive and return to
— the heart disease? Heart disease is significant percentage of the good health thanks to these
first ever still the number one killer of adults, 600,000 victims of stroke each breakthroughs.
biotechnology but its toll is dropping. From 1990 year may have reduced permanent
medicine to be to 2000, the U.S. death rate from disability if this treatment is Some diseases are more likely to
commercialized. coronary heart disease dropped received quickly. strike the women in your
Recombinant insulin is 25 percent, due in part to the family. Rheumatoid
still saving lives today, introduction, beginning in 1987, of If a member arthritis is a good
and the next few years new biotechnology-based “clot of your example. The
may bring inhaled forms of buster” drugs, which allow family is disease affects two
insulin and other new emergency room doctors to diagnosed million people —
More than 325 million people
mostly women — often during and today worldwide have been helped by
early or middle adulthood. Today, biotechnology is
the more than 150 biotechnology
biotechnology drugs that slow behind about two-
the painful joint-destroying thirds of the new drugs and vaccines approved by the
progression of the disease are medicines in U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
helping tens of thousands of women development for conditions
with RA to maintain active lives. such as multiple sclerosis and
cystic fibrosis. Food and Drug Administration
Biotechnology is also helping include medications for
people with rare diseases. These improvements in osteoporosis, psoriasis, lupus,
You’ve probably never health care for you and stroke, HIV (both treatments and
heard of most of these your family are just a small vaccines), sickle cell disease, drug-
diseases, but combined sample of the benefits resistant tuberculosis, hepatitis,
they affect 25 million biotechnology has delivered chronic fatigue and rare genetic
Americans. Over the last — and will continue to bring diseases. Altogether, more
20 years, more than in the future. New products than 370 biotechnology
230 medicines for rare in advanced testing or under products are in late-stage
diseases have been introduced, consideration for approval at the development.
Sometimes biotechnology has the biggest impact in
places you never notice.
When you made coffee that eliminates the use
this morning, you of toxic chemicals
probably didn’t realize during their
the filter was made with a manufacture.
biotechnology process that uses
enzymes to bleach the paper, The cornflakes
Improving reducing the amount of chlorine
and energy used in manufacturing.
in your cereal
Everyday Life The vitamin C and vitamin B2 you
gulped this morning may have
been made with a biotech process pesticides,
thanks to the flavors like The bread for your toast contains
biotech food enzymes that help
of corn that is
resistant to insects Take a look on the the bread rise and to keep it fresh.
and disease. The bread shelves of your
for your toast contains biotech kitchen cabinets. You will find
food enzymes that help the bread products made with canola oil that cheese you eat has been created The biotech enzyme is used in
rise and keep it fresh. Biotech contains virtually no transfats and with a biotech enzyme, chymosin. approximately 60 percent of all
enzymes are used to remove uses fewer pesticides, thanks to The enzyme is found naturally hard-cheese products.
lactose from milk to biotechnology. Other food in calves and used to curdle
help people who are lactose products that are grown with less milk during the cheese In fact, more than 70
intolerant. Other enzymes are environmental impact include production process. Using percent of processed
used in brewing beer or in making corn, canola, soybeans and biotechnology to create foods in the supermarket
soybean oil. the enzyme results in contain ingredients
more plentiful and purer improved through
Any cheese in the ’fridge? supplies, while biotechnology — oil and
For more than 20 eliminating the need meal from soybeans, corn,
years, the to use animals for this purpose. canola and cotton. These biotech
products have like plastic and fuel — look using biotech- concerned about the enormous
reduced the cleaner, more efficient derived enzymes. Plus, use of petroleum products for
amount of and more sustainable every time you take fresh energy, the plastic products that
synthetic through the use of renewable clothes out of the dryer you’re surround you in your home or
pesticides in the resources. benefiting from the detergent
environment and enzymes developed by
water supply by How does all this affect your biotechnology to remove deep
hundreds of millions of pounds. everyday life? For starters, the stains. These enzymes have
cotton clothing your family is replaced the phosphates that
After more than two decades of wearing right now was made from used to be a serious pollutant
success in health care and food cotton plants that need fewer of the nation’s rivers
production, scientists are now pesticides, thanks to and streams.
looking for ways to use biotechnology. The
biotechnology to faded jeans you How many
make the don on the plastic
manufacture of weekend products can
common were given you see right now? While you
products — that special and your family may be
New plastics are coming into your market. Biodiesel is made by to environmental cleanup. A
extracting oils from soybeans process called bioremediation
home made from corn and other plants,
and other crops. And new uses microorganisms to reduce,
not petroleum... biodegradable greases and eliminate or contain contaminants.
lubricants for the family car are
office are also made from oil — taking carbon dioxide out of the also being made from agricultural
much of it from air as they grow, crops. Bioethanol can be made
overseas. That may while delivering from corn, or — by using new
be changing products that do biotech processes —
forever, very soon. not add carbon from agricultural waste
dioxide to the atmosphere in products like wheat
New plastics are coming their use or disposal. The straw, cornhusks,
into your home made result is cleaner air, cleaner rice straw or even
from corn and other water and a cleaner planet for grass clippings.
plants, not petroleum, via a your children.
biotechnology process. Think of Biotechnology is
the impact on the environment: New fuels like “biodiesel” and also applied in
the plants themselves will be bioethanol are entering the more direct ways
Tomorrow, biotechnology will bring you better health.
Biotechnology is the future of fundamental basis of health and
medicine. More than 370 new disease right at their fingertips.
biotechnology medicines are in They are already using this
clinical testing for more than 200 information to develop diagnostics
diseases. And with the to help you and your family
completion of the plan preventative care, by
The Future human genome
telling you which diseases
you need to worry about
new maps detailing based on your genetic
millions of genetic profile. Genetic information
variations, scientists now have a soon will help your doctor make
wealth of new data about the decisions about which drugs are
most likely to work for you — and In some cases, the crops Back here at home, take one
which will cause side effects and themselves — when grown as more look around. There are
should be avoided. And, food — will help save lives. biotechnology benefits
most importantly, a steady Millions of people everywhere you look.
stream of in developing
new drugs countries suffer These benefits are just a small
that work from a deficiency sampling of the enormous
better, with of vitamin A, improvements brought by
fewer side which causes biotechnology over the past 50
effects, will blindness and years, since James Watson and week… or next year,
appear on anemia. Francis Crick first described the glance around
pharmacy shelves in the Biotechnology has molecule of DNA. And even as you again. You will see
coming decades. created an experimental new rice, read this, scientists around the
called “Golden Rice,” that delivers globe are imagining even more all of these benefits,
Some of those drugs will be made vitamin A in the single food improvements, both big and small, and more –
in plants. Think of them as “green source that most of the to the world in which you live.
drug factories” that will produce
all kinds of medical products you
people on Earth depend
upon as their primary daily
and your family may need. source of sustenance. YOU LOOK.
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