Statistical Definition of Biotechnology
STATISTICAL DEFINITION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY (UPDATED IN
It is strongly recommended that collection agencies provide survey
with both the single definition of biotechnology and the list
based definition. It is
further recommended that statistical agencies provide an “Other (please specify)”
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The single definition
The provisional single definition of biotechnology is d
eliberately broad. It covers all
modern biotechnology but also many traditional or borderline activities. For this
reason, the single definition should
be accompanied by the list
definition which operationalises the definition for measurement
single definition is:
The application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts,
products and models thereof, to alter living or non
living materials for the
production of knowledge, goods and services.
The following list of biotechnology techniques functions as an interpretative
guideline to the single definition. The list is indicative rather than exhaustive and is
expected to change over time as data collection and biotechnology activities
based definition of biotechnology techniques:
Genomics, pharmacogenomics, gene probes, genetic engineering,
DNA/RNA sequencing/synthesis/amplification, gene expression profiling, and use of
Proteins and ot
Sequencing/synthesis/engineering of proteins and
peptides (including large molecule hormones); improved delivery methods for large
molecule drugs; proteomics, protein isolation and purification, signaling,
identification of cell receptors.
Cell and tissue culture and engineering:
Cell/tissue culture, tissue engineering
(including tissue scaffolds and biomedical engineering), cellular fusion,
vaccine/immune stimulants, embryo manipulation.
Process biotechnology techniques:
bioprocessing, bioleaching, biopulping, biobleaching, biodesulphurisation,
bioremediation, biofiltration and phytoremediation.
Gene and RNA vectors:
Gene therapy, viral vectors.
Construction of databases on genomes, protein
modelling complex biological processes, including systems biology.
Applies the tools and processes of nano/microfabrication to
build devices for studying biosystems and applications in drug delivery, diagnostics