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bios = life; teuchos = tools;  logos = account (etymological = examination of tools from living beings)


Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary science which combines the fields of molecular - biological and engineering sciences. It uses living organisms, cells and their components for industrial purposes, for example in agriculture, food technology, medicine, veterinary science and protection of the environment.


A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is an organism that was changed using methods of modern biotechnology. In such an organism a defined gene for an exactly defined characteristic from another organism has been inserted. GMOs are micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses), plants and animals.

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In relation to the release of GMOs into the environment (field trials) and placing of GMOS on the market: