Biotech in your life
Biotechnology begins, as humans begin
choosing or altering plants and livestock
so they can be domesticated.
Potatoes become the first cultivated food.
Egyptians master the art of winemaking.
Egyptians and Sumerians learn brewing,
cheese and bread making.
In China, moldy soybean curds become
the first antibiotic to treat infections and ailments.
Dutch spectacle- maker
invents the microscope.
English physicist, mathematician
and inventor Robert Hooke discovers
the existence of the cell.
Greeks develop grafting techniques for plant breeding.
English surgeon Edward Jenner discovers the process
of vaccination by inoculating with cowpox a small boy
who became immune to smallpox. This is how the
word 'Vaccine', from the Latin 'Vacca' for cow, came into use.
French chemist Anselme Payen discovers
and isolates diastase, the first enzyme.
Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius discovers proteins.
Prussian physician Rudolf Virchow declares: