Steven Rindner, an avid lover of life sciences enjoys delving into the world of science and records his experiences and information on his blogs. It is through these that he has been actively contributing to enhancing the knowledge of others across the globe with a wide range of topics which include the likes of synthetic biology.
Synthetic biology is a branch of science that redesigns organisms and makes them useful in different sectors of life by giving them new abilities. Another definition of synthetic biology states that it is a branch of science in, which biologists and engineers come together to redesign and restructure the composition of various components, pathways, and networks.
Some of the techniques involved in this branch of science include:
- The method to read a DNA code
- The technique to copy the already present sequences of DNA and
- Modifying the existing DNA by inserting other DNA sequences into it
Steven Rindner digs deeper into the subject to and tries to understand its impact on human lives in the present and the future. It is argued that restricting things at the molecular level paves the path to help clean up the environment. Synthetic biologists expound the fact that they are capable of creating organisms that can be used to consume the existing toxins in the environment. Additionally, synthetic biology makes provisions to study and develop antidotes and vaccines for the complex flu strains more easily.
Unfortunately, this branch of science too is not without some downsides that can be overlooked. The primary disadvantage of this is the probable release of harmful systems or organisms accidentally. At times this could also turn out to be a second risk if the. Release of harmful systems and organisms is done intentionally. The final negative implication of this relatively novel branch of science is the overuse of artificially made things in an otherwise majorly natural world.
Some of the most common
Synthetic biology products include repressilators. Genetic toggle switches, pulse generators, memory elements, communication modules, digital logic gates, and oscillators. This revolutionary part of science has time again contributed largely to the field of therapeutics. Pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, biosensing, and biofuel productions as well.
The explanations on the mechanisms of diseases prove a major help. In finding its remedies and cure in the field of therapeutics. Identification of drug target, therapeutic delivery, production of drugs. And therapeutic treatment are the other areas where synthetic biology contributes positively.
Specific ethical standards were assessed in order, to restrict the harmful effects of synthetic biology. Alfred P.Slofan commissioned a study that was designed to speculate on the probable adverse effects of synthetic biology. The issues of biosafety and biosecurity were addressed. And it was found that the present stature of this scientific discovery does not yet pose a threat to society.
The environmental aspect was scrutinized following this. And the decision of passing all synthetically prepared food items through a regulatory test was taken. Considering the accelerated rate of technological and scientific advancements, it won’t be a surprise to see more students such as Steven Rindner getting interested in discovering these innovations and contributing to their creation.