Definition of biotechnology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊtekˈnɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊtekˈnɑːlədʒi//
(informal biotech
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəʊtek//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪoʊtek//
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the use of living cells and bacteria in industrial and scientific processes CollocationsBiotechnologyArguments for GM crops face/​suffer from/​alleviate food shortages begin/​do/​conduct field trials of GM crops grow/​develop GM crops/​seeds/​plants/​foods improve/​increase food security/​crop yields label food that contains GMOs (= genetically modified organisms) fund/​invest in genetic engineering/​research promote/​support/​be in favour of GM food/​GM crops/​genetic engineering embrace biotechnology/​GM technologyArguments against GM crops oppose/​be against GM technology/​food/​crops/​trials call for/​introduce/​impose a ban on genetic modification/​a moratorium on the release of GMOs ban/​prohibit/​outlaw the use of pesticides/​chemical fertilizers/​GMOs/​so-called ‘Frankenfoods’ stop/​halt/​wreck/​destroy GM crop trials promote/​support/​be in favour of organic farmingArguments for biotechnology in medicine grow/​obtain/​harvest human organs/​stem cells from human embryos transplant organs/​genes/​tissue/​cells (into mice/​animals/​embryos) use biotechnology/​gene therapy to treat/​repair/​cure something fund/​invest in/​promote/​support/​be in favour of (embryonic) stem cell research successfully clone/​succeed in cloning a sheep/​a human embryo/​a human beingArguments against biotechnology in medicine create/​produce ‘designer babies’ consider/​explore/​address the ethical issues raised by/​related to/​surrounding something oppose/​be against human cloning/​stem cell research call for/​introduce/​impose a ban on human cloning/​a moratorium on xenotransplantation ban/​prohibit/​outlaw human cloning/​stem cell research/​xenotransplantation Wordfinderbiology, biotechnology, breed, cell, chromosome, DNA, gene, mutation, organism, protein
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