This database was first created in 1983 under the name Biotechnology Research Abstracts
. In 1993, it split into three unique databases: Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts, BioEngineering Abstracts
, and Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Abstracts
. All three databases ceased publishing a print journal equivalent in 2003, and in 2007 the three databases were merged into one electronic database under the original name: Biotechnology Research Abstracts
. A separate companion database, ASFA Marine Biotechnology Abstracts
, which deals exclusively with Marine Biotechnology, is also available.
Encompassing a wide range of disciplines, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts provides access to international research on all aspects of biochemical, medical, and microbial technology as applied to bioengineering, medicine, agriculture and environmental science. Biochemical engineers, fermentation technologists, enzyme technologists, microbiologists, environmental engineers, food processing specialists, pharmacists, physicians, research scientists, and other professionals who work within these areas can turn to this database for up-to-date perspectives on new developments and applications in their fields.