The course starts with an overview of what biotechnology is: we list its history, concepts, major breakthroughs and links to present day society.
Afterwards we focus on techniques and applications in the microbial world (cultivation and transformation of bacteria, cultivation of viruses, vaccines, applications inthe medical and the environmental world), plant biotech (in vitro cultivation of plant cells, plant transformation) and animal biotech (hybridomas, stem cells, animal cell transformation). Necessary biological knowledge for full understanding is being addressed when needed and wanted (eg basic immunology). Everything is being supported by modern examples (transgenic biofuels, DNA vaccins, environmental biotechnology, ...)
In parallel students get a series of lessons on the novel concepts and techniques in proteomics (separation, detection/identification, purification of proteins).
We close with a debate on the ethical aspects of biotechnology in our society.