1. What specific biotechnology application did you choose?
The type of biotechnology that I have chosen to talk about is biological warfare.
2. Briefly describe this biotechnology application. How is it done?
Biological warfare is also known as germ warfare. It is the use of toxins or infectious agents like viruses, bacteria, or fungi with the intent to kill humans, animals, or even plants in an act of war. "The Biological warfare program (BW) was born of the Iraqi Intelligence Service and this service retained its connections with the program either directly or indirectly throughout its existence". (https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/iraq_wmd_2004/chap6.html ) In recent news, there was a man from Mississippi that sent ricin to senators, and President Barack Obama. This was a form of biological warfare. There have been other attacks such as: The Plague, Cholera, Smallpox, Anthrax, and forms of Staphylococcal. One of the biggest warfare experiments was the Tuskegee syphilis experiment.
3. Based upon the definition of biotechnology in the assignment, describe how your biotechnology application is an example of biotechnology.
Biotechnology is the is the practical use of biological process. It uses microorganism such as bacteria or enzymes to perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes. In biological warfare, drugs, enzymes, poisons, are manufactured in order to perform a need or job. This coincide with the definition of biotechnology.
4. What benefits are derived from this application? The biggest advantage of biological warfare is that the weapons produced are extremely efficient. It has been said that 1g of botulinum can kill 10 million people. Another advantage would be that it is cheaper that using any other far of war. The cost of a gram is said to call $2000 dollars.
5. Are there any concerns or negative impacts associated with this use of biotechnology? Why or why not? There are major concerns when...