Flanders is strong in biotechnology, thanks to the pioneering work of Ghent University. Nick Vangheluwe and Wouter De Schamphelaire will introduce you to techniques and practical applications of biochemistry and biotechnology.
Did you know that Ghent University houses collections of living microorganisms? Bacteria, plasmids and pebbles are essential for food production (look at the ingredient list of the yoghurt: 'lactobacillus'), medicines (insulin), and the production of organic substances. They are shipped to labs all over the world and are gathered around the world. The organisms are stored at -80°C. The maintenance of the collections requires many quality controls, all based on biochemistry and biotechnology techniques.