Innovations in biotechnology

Kevan M.A. Gartland, Tommaso Beccari, Fabrizio Bruschi, Munis Dundar, Mariapia Viola Magni, Jill S. Gartland

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    To innovate is to introduce new ideas, techniques, or ask new questions. In biotechnology, advances are constantly being made, from synthetic- and nano-biotechnology to novel antimicrobials, from genome editing to gene therapy and from bioenergy production systems to life-saving therapeutics produced in genetically modified crops. Contemporary examples range from new lego-like assembly units and common standards for designing artificial genetic circuits and synthetic life, benefiting from insights into epigenomics, transcription factors and non-coding RNA regulatory networks, to hand-held devices screening for dozens of different diseases within one hour. From the race for the $1000 genome to the 100,000 Genomes Project, and the myriad applications of CRISPR-mediated genome editing such as control of parasites, to novel theranostics, medical devices and treatment options, many of these new ideas, techniques and processes will enhance economic productivity. From reducing dependence on fossil fuels to growing therapeutic vaccines in genetically modified plants, to questions surrounding the ethics and consequences of potentially creating three-parent babies to overcome mitochondrial disease, biotechnology will also contribute to our future well-being, extending our productive lifespans as more is learnt of how life itself and longevity are controlled
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S5
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of Biotechnology
    Early online date18 Jul 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


    • biotechnology
    • innovations
    • genome editing
    • gene therapy


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