Biotech is defined as the manipulation of Life, so it’s understandable that many are afraid of what will happen when we TRULY plunge into the depths of possibilities this field represents.
If you look at mass media, you get the impression that the only Biotech out there is to do with Agriculture (TB crops) or Medicine (Gene Therapies).
But the truth of the matter is that Biotech is a nascent, but rapidly expanding field !
If you look in the right places, that is !
When examining the top scientific publication sites (Cell, Biomedcentral, Nature, PLOS), we can find a lot of interesting ideas floating around, here’s the ones I can extract from just a rapid reading of the current articles:
- Curing cancer (there is a LOT of research in this domain right now).
- Better, more effective, manipulation techniques for RNA/DNA or proteins.
- Controlling gene expression with our thoughts.
- Cellular computers ( 01 is boring… why not ACGT instead ?).
- Optimizing plants instead of modifying them (if the plant is hardy by nature, is there really a need to include new genes for weather resistance, or can you just improve the effects of the old ones?)
I’m currently going through the Fizzle introduction courses, and the one I’m in — Finding your Subject — has led me to evaluate a dozen or so possible subjects with a Weighted Decision Matrix (fun little tool, I’ll probably use that again in the future !).
I’ve narrowed it down to one of these (or a combination of):
- Wearable Technology App Development.
The final part of the course is to write 5 blog posts ( + a hypothetical product outline) on each of the final ideas.
This is number 1/5 of the Biotechnology subject.
PS: The Fizzle Show is an excellent podcast, go listen !