At the forefront of the sciences in Cuba

From the 1980s onward, Havana residents witnessed the building of various scientific facilities to the west of the city, including the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), founded on July 1, 1986, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, modern productive capacities, and specialized personnel.

Biotechnology is one of the novel fields of the day, combining methods and techniques in the study of the biological relationships of living things, especially unicellular organisms, based on the fusion of microbiology, chemical engineering and biochemistry, and providing insight into microbial mechanics.

While Hungarian engineer Károly Ereki coined the term “biotechnology” in 1919, during the second half of the twentieth century, more extensive research to solve problems in agriculture, pharmacy, food science, the environmental, power generation (biofuels) and medicine, began.

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