This year 2020 has taken a lot from us. Till 2020 we where sure that modern science has all the answers. Biotechnology is one field that will be of utmost importance in the near future. Biotechnology in the last decade has slowly invaded our lives, but now after 2020( or after corona) biotech sector will experience a sudden boom. The future ride of mankind will surely need biotech at its driver seat.Here are some examples of biotech products that will be a part of our future.
Cow free cow milk
The dawn of synthetic agriculture is here. The use of genetically modified species to produce milk protein can add new dimensions to live stock agriculture. The exploitation of cows and o the livestock for our personal benefits has always been an area of concern and debate.
Use of GMO’s for the production of milk can help meet the nutritional need of a population. Another most important factor is the shelf life, biotech produced milk has a shelf life of about 6 months. This fact alone will solve the storage problem.
A biotech startup company Perfect Day has been successfully venturing in this direction and made available cow free cow milk with the same proteins as that of natural cow’s milk.Perfect Day has even introduced icecreams in the market.They engineered yeast to produce whey proteins, which means it possibly created the ultimate compromise between vegans, the lactose intolerant, and everybody else.
2. Meat free burger
Biotech promises a healthier way of living with meat free burgers. We all love burgers, but red meat in them , and their continuous consumption may lead to health issues. Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, CA-based company has used biotechnology to create a plant-based burger amazingly similar to the bovine original. At first available only at high end restaurants ,meat free burgers is making its way to more and more fast food joints.
Just last year,Meat-free burgers made with an ingredient from genetically engineered yeast outsold ground beef burgers in US grocery stores where the two went head to head.
3. Cancer spit Test
Biopsies are painful. A device designed by researchers in the University if California, Los Angeles detects oral cancer from a single drop of saliva. Proteins that are associated with cancer cells react with dyes on the sensor, emitting fluorescent light that can be detected with a microscope. According to Engineer Chih-Ming Ho, the same principle could be applied to make saliva-based diagnostic tests for many diseases.
4. Prosthetic Monitoring
A huge problem with prosthetic is the difficulty in monitoring them. Our skin is stretchable and while stretching we can sense how our limbs are spatially placed without looking at them, but the amputees cannot. Stanford University graduate student Karlin Bark has developed a device that stretches an amputee’s skin near the prosthesis in ways that provide feedback about the limb’s position and movement.
5. Smart contact Lenses
Future contact lenses will be equipped to detect pressure build in the eye that can help glucoma patients .Glucoma is a condition
where pressure buildup inside the eyes can lead to damaged retinal cells and eventually blindness.
Contact lenses developed at the University of California-Davis contain conductive wires that continuously monitor pressure and fluid flow within the eyes of at-risk people. The lenses then relay information to a small device worn by the patient; the device wirelessly transmits it to a computer. Researchers are also trying to build contact lenses that can automatically dispense drugs in response to these pressure changes.
6. Absorbable heart stents
Coronary heart diseases is one of the leading causes heart attacks. Doctors use stents to keep the blocked artery open. Stents are either made of plastic or metal. But bio-absorbable version made by Abbott Laboratories in Illinois goes one step further: Unlike metal stents, it does its job and disappears. These drug eluting stents release drugs that keep the arteries from narrowing again. It takes about six months to two years for the bio- absorbable stent to dissolve completely leaving behind a healthy artery.
7. Portable Dialysis
The number of patients suffering with kidney diseases is on arise and so is their need of periodic dialysis.But an artificial kidney developed by Los Angeles-based Xcorporeal can clean blood around the clock. The machine is fully automated, battery-operated, waterproof and, at less than 5 pounds, portable.