Dossier

Growth area

Living organisms are a source of hope: Biotechnology is regarded as the driving force of a new industrial revolution. It promises to deliver pioneering innovations ranging from medications to biofuel. Photo: Getty Images

Living organisms are a source of hope: Biotechnology is regarded as the driving force of a new industrial revolution. It promises to deliver pioneering innovations ranging from medications to biofuel. Photo: Getty Images

Biotechnology

The green revolution

Undreamed-of opportunities: Biotechnology has a long history and is one of the key sciences of the 21st century.

Biotechnology

Milestones of research

A look back at almost 350 years of biotechnology—from the beginnings of microscopy to the discovery of DNA and genetic scissors.

Innovation

Growth thanks to biotechnology

Is biotechnology a booster for the economy? Which sectors are benefiting from these innovations? An outlook in figures.

Drug delivery

Transportation via polymers

Evonik and Stanford University are cooperating in a search for new carrier substances for mRNA vaccines.

Partnerships

An efficient division of labor

Andrea Engel, head of the research and development unit at Evonik Health Care, talks about the importance of good cooperation.

Animal nutrition

Insects as animal feed

The larvae of the black soldier fly are packed full of protein – and offer a source of hope for climate and environmental protection.

Technology assessment

A joint effort in biotechnology

Martina Schraudner, a specialist in molecular biology and scientific theory, is calling for a public debate about biotechnology.

Foresight

Cheese without cows

In the future, dairy products could be manufactured without any components of animal origin through fermentation by microorganisms.

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