Biotechnology In Real Life

It seems like each weekend offers a new release of a science-fiction movie and/or video game that depicts the events of the distant future. They all have their differences and similarities, but a noticeable trend is the portrayal of advances in biotechnology in the form of exoskeletons, cyborgs; or a computer chip that provides immortality to the user. Consequently, much of the public is left under the impression that they hold realistic ideas about what to expect from the development of biotechnology. There are certainly a lot of misconceptions concerning biotechnology, but realistically; it does hold promise and has the potential to cure diseases and improve the quality of life for people suffering from a wide variety of maladies and ailments. Biotechnology is unraveling the mysteries of anatomy and unlocking new solutions to health problems that have plagued humanity for its entire history.

The Biotechnology Revolution

Erase the preconceived notions you might hold about the nature of the biotech industry as it is today. Instead, imagine a revolutionary new drug that targets cancer stem cells in order to eradicate the entirety of the disease from the patient’s body. Or perhaps a medication that dramatically decreases the symptoms of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses- things such as these are currently being tested by the world’s leading biotech firms, and they produce significant results. Another company- founded by a Stanford University dropout named Elizabeth Holmes, developed a new type of blood test that requires only a very small amount of blood; as opposed to the more dated methods that demand a greater quantity of blood, as well as a much higher cost to process the sample and procure the results. Sure, these innovative products might not be as flashy as what one sees in the cinema; but they have the potential to provide budget-friendly and more efficient alternatives to existing ways of doing things. Collectively, they are like a shining star on the quickly approaching horizon that might yield results that diminish the effects of human suffering and pain. Rather than dedicating their time and resources to attempting to engineer something more fanciful and what might be considered to be “cool” by some misled sci-fi aficionados, they opt to search for antidotes that cure the most prevalent and deadly diseases that afflict people today.

Defining Biotechnology

Defining biotechnology in general terms seems like a practical next step. So, biotechnology is technology based on biology. It harnesses the natural cellular and molecular substances and/or processes, and attempts to use technology to duplicate the beneficial things and counter the detrimental ones in order to deliver products that treat and/or cure medical conditions and improve the quality of life. Biotech also seeks to invent items that can help reduce the environmental footprint of human civilization, ways to provide food to the hungry, create cleaner and more pure forms of energy, and pioneer new approaches to traditional industrial processes and procedures. Not only can biotechnology treat diseases that were previously incurable, but it has the potential to supply farmers around the world with radically improved tools and chemicals that will drastically improve the health and sustainability of their crops. Biotechnology used in agriculture is one of the most useful and propitious applications of the technology. The Biotechnology Industry Organization lists three different sectors that are the most common targets of biotech, or technically the three primary goals of the industry. First, it aims to heal the world. The second objective is to fuel the world. Lastly, biotechnology strives to feed the world.

Impacting The Future

Biotechnology is perhaps the most promising of the industries that have emerged and grown in the past several decades, developing medications and other products that have often produced very encouraging results in research and lab tests. There are many different diseases and sicknesses that pester the world today. One does not have to look far to see the tragedy of an agonizing or terminal illness and how it entraps its victims as captives, and drains mercilessly drains the life out of those individuals. But biotechnology provides a source of optimism and hope. Assuming that the biotechnology industry continues to flourish rapidly {which is a safe assumption}; it is highly probable that the effectiveness of medications and the overall mortality rate will experience a new era of unprecedented improvement in the years to come.