What is gene technology?
Gene technology (also known as genetic engineering or genetic modification) provides ways to make changes to genes – the sets of instructions in the cells of all living creatures. There is a large amount of overlap between ‘gene technology’ and the newer term ‘synthetic biology’.
Traditional biotechnology has been practised for centuries. We’ve used conventional breeding to create new crops, new breeds of livestock and pets. We’ve harnessed yeast to make beer and bread, and rennet to make cheese.
Gene technology is a modern branch of biotechnology that allows direct modification or removal of a gene, or the transfer of a gene from one species to another.