Biotechnology in society - Boon or Bane: A Case Study
Aftab Jahan Begum K. A.
Journal Title:Asian Journal of Advanced Basic Sciences
ABSTRACT: Biotechnology, with its knowledge-intensive nature and tremendous economic potential, has
emerged as one of the rapidly-growing sectors of the Indian knowledge economy today. Focusing on the
practical use of biological systems to produce goods and services, biotechnology has made significant
achievements in the growth and its application in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, environment, etc
through R & D projects and infrastructure creation. Biotechnology seemed to have improved the conditions
of Living but the way information has been communicated and the way decisions are made; affect perception
and public support or opposition to a new technology. Biotechnology is not a system of farming; It reflects no
specific philosophy nor is it guided by a set of principles or performance criteria. It is a bag of tools than can
be used for good or evil, and lots in between. Hence, the debate over the value of biotechnology in the society
is polarized and impassioned. This paper clearly evaluates the rewards of this field into the society and its
disfavours from the public.
Keywords: Biotechnology, Society, genetic modification, Friend, Foe.