Biotechnology: Unlocking Nature’s Secrets *

Can we bring back extinct species? Will the cures for cancer, malaria, and other diseases come from the combination of natural materials and new technologies? How is science changing the foods we eat? Welcome to the world of biotechnology! In this course, you will explore the history of biotechnology, including early attempts at food preservation, the development of antibiotics, and changes to food crops around the world. You’ll also learn more about some of the challenges of biotechnology, such as the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria and questions about the safety of commercially produced genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Finally, you’ll research new biotechnologies and how they are changing the world we live in.

Biotechnology covers the following concepts:

  • Biotechnology Basics including the studies of the cell, bacteria and viruses
  • The Beginning of Biotechnology including the studies of the start of biotechnology, the specifics of selective breeding and new farming technologies
  • Food Preservation and Fermentation including the studies of cool food storage, fermentation and cheese making
  • Collection and Breeding including the studies of hybridization, breeding and pollination
  • The Beginning of Genetics including the studies of Mendel’s experiment and building on Mendel’s work
  • Early Industrial Discoveries including the studies of pioneers in biotechnology and enzymes
  • The Discovery of Antibiotics including the studies of understanding bacteria and antibiotic resistance
  • Agricultural Biotechnology through the Green Revolution including the studies of new hybrids on the market, and the green revolution
  • Mapping the Human Genome including the studies of the goals of the human genome project and completing the sequence of the human genome
  • Modern Industrial Biotechnology including the studies of chemical production and industrial manufacturing
  • Modern Agricultural Biotechnology including the studies of genetic modification techniques and benefits of GMOs
  • Modern Pharmaceutical Biotechnology including the studies of gene therapy, cancer treatment and vaccines

* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.