Advances in biotech have brought enormous improvements, including nutritionally-enhanced fruits and vegetables. Biotech is helping to create a new generation of healthier oils from soybeans, canola and sunflowers, with lower saturated fat content, to control epidemic levels of obesity. Vitamin A, which is critical for eyesight and anemia prevention, is found in golden rice, a biotech product.
There are hundreds of biotech drug products, and vaccines, currently in clinical trials, targeting diseases such as various cancers, alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, aids and arthritis. Driven by a range of factors, such as growing demand, intensive R&D activities, and strong government initiatives, the Indian biotech industry is on a fast track with US$ 11 billion in 2016 revenues, and expected to reach US$ 100 billion by 2025.
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