Who Searches Biotech the Most Over the Web?


Google Trends is one of the many lesser known products from Google. It lets you know what people are googling the most about at any given time. You can even search up terms and know where is it most searched, dating all the way back to 2004. Give it a try here.

Biotechnology is a lucrative career choice for over a decade now. Many countries set apart a large portion of their not-so-large expenditures on R&D for biotech. So, I looked up biotechnology and related terms on Google Trends to know which countries are the most interested. Also, it is interesting to note how the levels of interest have increased (or decreased) over the years.

Disclaimer:

  • Sadly, WordPress doesn’t allow sharing JavaScript (read interactive material). So, I am sharing screenshots clicking on whom would take you to the actual Google Trends results.
  • Strong showing by India and China can partly be attributed to their billion plus populations.

1. Biotechnology

Is biotechnology losing its popularity? The curves suggest so.
Is biotechnology losing its popularity? The curves suggest so.

The interest is plummeting! Biotech needs a boost soon.The blue and the red line are search results for biotech and biotechnology. Pretty insignificant of me using the two terms, you think? Well, Asians and Africans search up biotechnology more, while Europeans and Americans prefer biotech. I can’t know why.

2. GMOs

The numbers represent search volume relative to the highest point which is always 100.
The numbers represent search volume relative to the highest point which is always 100.

Ever the pivotal point for debates on biotechnology, interest in GMOs hasn’t decreased. Thailand emerges as a surprise winner here, leaving behind the expected nations – the UK, the US, India, and Canada.

3. Synthetic biology

With increased investment, hopefully the curve grows upward.
With increased investment, hopefully the curve grows upward.
Berkeley, Boston, and Cambridge are the most active in synbio.
Berkeley, Boston, and Cambridge are the most active in synbio.

The interest in the field is gradually growing with a few news events leading to spikes. An instance was the synthetic bacterium produced by Craig Venter and team in 2010. The UK, the US, India, China, and Canada are the top googlers for the upcoming field. But, if we narrow down the search to cities, it is concentrated in Berkeley, Cambridge (both of them), and Boston. Could these be the Silicon Valley for synbio?

 

4. Genome

The same story as for 'biotech'.
The same story as for ‘biotech’.

Genome is often covered in popular media as the summation of all genes/DNA present in an individual. These are the nations who follow up an article on how biotech is revolutionizing X, Y, or Z with a Google search. Sadly, the interest for genome and gene is plummeting like that for biotechnology. Singapore also tops the list for searching about stem cells.


That’s all from me. Keep looking and if you come across any unexpected results, do share in the comments.

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