Published: Jan 1991
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Observing the short history of molecular biology it is clear that the emergence of new techniques has transformed how one approaches and thinks about specific problems, both fundamental and applied, and that the infrastructure of the biotechnology industry provides impetus for new techniques to rapidly reach the marketplace and become readily available. The use of the ELISA technique and the polymerase chain reaction are examples of techniques that developed from laboratory study to a full fledged commercialized product within three years.
This paper surveys developments in the industry that may impact assay techniques and monitoring methods used in environmental situations and water analysis.
Biotechnoloqy, monitoring, ELISA, PCR, water analysis
Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland