Assignment 4 Biotechnology

Interviews- Discussion Question #5 p. 49

1. Briefly explain what Biotechnology means
2. Are you in favor of further Industrial research in this field?
3. Provide at least one reason for your stance on this issue
4. What is your academic major?

Jake, Age 21

Northern VA Community College

1. “I’m not sure but I think it is the use of our knowledge of biology/science in everyday products”.

2. Yes.

3. ” Yes because Biotechnology has resulted in major medical advances in the last decade and will continue to result in medical advances in the coming years”

4. Undecided

Joe, Age 57 (My dad)

Western Kentucky University ’82

1. “The application of engineering principles in finding solutions to problems in the fields of medecine and biology. It is used in the advancements of quality,longevity, and sustainability of life- on this planet and in outer space”.

2. Yes

3. ” We need to research further because, in regards to food, our population is going to cause a demand in food supply; for the poor and undeveloped nations, it could be a tremendous benefit”.

4. Civil Engineering


Freshman girl (not mentioning name for confidentiality purposes)

Age 19, Old Dominion University

1. “I’m not exactly sure what biotechnology really is or can I think of any examples, I always believe technology was only mechanical stuff.”

2. “Sure”

3. “I would like to become a little more aware of what technology really is all about, considering I don’t have a clue about biotechnology. I now believe it’s equally important for everyone to get involved with how technology is growing today.”

4. Communications Major



It appears that with age comes knowledge. Our youngest interviewee appeared to have no knowledge on biotechnology in the least, while our oldest member appeared to be up to date with technology and our society overall. The majors seemed to play a role as well, as the civil engineer was all for continued research in the fields of science and health. Overall as people get older and have more hands on (or academic) experiences with various technology, their opinions and attitudes about the subject shifts as well. In the end, with technology impacting our life in one way or the other, people far and wide seem to agree on the idea of continued research.