Biotechnology is a collection of techniques that uses living organisms or substances from those organisms for specific applications. Our ancestors used biotechnology when they first began to breed animals and plants, and to make wine and cheese. Now, major techniques of biotechnology include the manipulation of DNA, immunochemical analysis, and cell culture. These and other technologies are drawn from advances made in recent years in the fields of genetics, immunology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, and other life sciences.
Science classes are small at Shippensburg University. Laboratories for biology classes normally have only 12 to 16 students per section, and are taught by experienced college professors, not graduate students. Faculty-directed student research is greatly encouraged, and students are able to get direct, hands-on experience with setting up experiments, using sophisticated instrumentation, and analyzing and presenting results.
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