Machine operating with biotechnology. Photo by:
Machine operating with biotechnology. Photo by:

The Modified Future of Biotech

Biotechnology is still a relatively new concept for the general public that utilizes technical methods to diagnose problematic cells in the body.

A quick definition of the word:

‘At its simplest, biotechnology is technology based on biology – biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. We have used the biological processes of microorganisms for more than 6,000 years to make useful food products, such as bread and cheese, and to preserve dairy products.’

Despite having financial setbacks in 2016, the biotech industry continues to build traction in different parts of the world.

Biotechnology is used in a wide range of industries from fuel, science, medical, agriculture and many more. As consumers, we indirectly connect with biotechnology on a regular occasion.

One of the emerging uses of biotech is within the medical industry. The MIT Technology Review takes a look at how Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and hospitals in New York and Memphis are researching new methods to decrease cancer with T cells.

A new process has been building steam recently by taking test cells from the body, and restructuring them with genetically engineered cells to create new cells.

Scan over the Google Trend for biotech, and check out which countries are leading in the biotechnology revolution. Also, browse over Juno Therapeutics to see how the company has been doing over the past 2-3 years.

Bringing biotechnology into the home: Cathal Garvey at TEDxDublin

Hacking DNA glowing plants and beyond: Antony Evans at TEDxKL 2013