Synthetic Biology: The “Building Blocks” of the Future

Khryss | Published 2017-02-12 10:10
A lever of history has been developed but it’s ironically through “going back” to nature. It's easy to picture a cyber-infiltrated city like Ghost in the Shells's Nihama, Japan or think of Blade Runner’s dystopian nature when imagining the future. Today’s generation has been bombarded with people telling them how gloom and doom has yet to come due to the technological advancements ruining the planet. However, biotechnological scientists beg to disagree. They’ve advocated an uprising movement to create a conscious techno-optimism that advancements don’t necessarily mean transitioning away from our natural habitat and to develop alternative methods to harness its dynamic processes. Further, Synthetic Biology (pioneered by J. Craig Venter in 2010) or the creation of artificial DNA building blocks has allowed scientists to explore and partner these natural elements directly not just on fuel and medicine but on architectural design and production as well. This multiple applications can range from food, agriculture and even to household materials like detergent. Today’s fast-paced individuals often overlook the ecological consequences of the products they’re using. Availability of different materials created from this advancement can decrease the use of such wear and tear products that have been affecting the environment. For instance, one can now grow his/her own chair that can be decomposed when no longer needed. This plausibility allows for bigger ideas to expand even to stretch on growing your house from ground up. At the end of the day, the goal is to make Earth our own- to create new products people use from day to day basis that harmonize with nature. Advancement doesn’t always mean dividing our way of living from the natural habitat we came from. The future is in dire need of a better alternative and this synthetic biology could be the start of a greener era. Moving forward, this ‘new’ world taking shape would not prosper if everybody keeps using the yesterday’s plastic.
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