Is biotechnology really a new technology?

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Just as our scientists and engineers take lessons from nature to solve today’s problems, we also build on the past discoveries and scientific innovations of early pioneers. Today, new developments in biotechnology allow us to identify and transfer the specific gene that creates a desired trait in a plant. They also offer a more precise way to produce plants with certain beneficial characteristics, such as different nutrition profiles. From the ancient Egyptians on, biotechnology shows up in unexpected places in human history. Click here to reach our Timeline of Biotechnology page.