Computational Biology Opens New Job Opportunities for Perspective Applicants Edit
In wired.com article on computational research the pentagon is now recruiting people from biological sciences, computational engineering, to manufacturers for the playing field of Bioinformatics. Darpa a government official claims these sciences are progressing too slow, lack of past motivation from the government had yet to spark any advances. Compared to other government and private biological projects which he considers primitive and labor intensive. He believes computational biology will be the key for many discoveries in the quest of human body part production. By democratizing biological design he hope to make a factory that manufactures modular genetic parts. He vastest on the idea of a factory, with consist of cells called “bio-units”. Inside these bio-units biological engineering will take place from hearts to cellular production. These DNA assembly lines will include test platforms for fine-tuning and debugging for the creation of perfect ‘lego’ parts. According to Groeger, engineering of biological parts projects already exist. Found online, dozens of open-source projects such as Registry of Standard Biological Parts, BioBricks, Williams_Sonoma catalog of synthetic biology” open doors to science fiction possibilities. Respectable institutions such as MIT, Harvard, Standfords and hundreds more are including themselves in the exploration.
In an article from the nytimes.com “Do it Yourself Genetic Engineering”, more than 100 students from 100 schools compete against one another to produce biological
designs, parading “its a chance to be part of something bigger than ourselves”. Not all teams in the competition include educational institutions, many professional represent well known gene-synthesis companies better financed and ready to discover biological gold mines. Not to mention government bio-divisions who are well sponsored to create the best soldier.
The impact of this research is mind bottling, what can one do with immortality? How far can this research go, before we loose humanity in human?
The chase to explore terrains of genetic engineering can bring positive and negative affects. Positive effects genetics and body part engineering can bring the ability to save those who are waiting for organ transplants, or who are born with genetic mutations. This research can save a life! The negative effects of these discoveries is the proprietorship of discoveries, what if one party discovers the ability reproduce brains? Will the government steal the information for their own gains to produce a better soldier? Another question would be how much money will they charge to save a life? There are a lot of questions, and not enough answers. Right now, the pioneering bioinformatics scientist are striving on for more clues, and more discoveries.