Better beers through biotech

Often, discussion of biotechnology has a “big picture” focus – its utility in helping feed a growing population, the fact that it’s the fastest adopted crop technology in history, and so forth. However, there’s another biotech application that gets less attention, and it’s especially notable during the holiday season: its ability to improve beer! If you visit the Wikipedia page titled “History of biotechnology”, you might be surprised that the first image you’ll see is brewers hard at work making tasty beverages. As the entry explains, the origins of biotechnology came from zymotechnology, a field closely tied to improving fermentation
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