The utter need of Synthetic biology, during the pandemic and post pandemic
The Experts have said that the 21st century will be the century of the life sciences but until recently the national security community has often overlooked both the biological sciences and biotechnology in a post-pandemic world however the national security community will need to rethink its biosecurity strategy and emerging technologies like synthetic biology will play a critical role.
synthetic biologists use engineering principles to design-build and manufacture biological systems and products in this field engineers think about biology as code and just like software code engineers can read write and edit genetic code in 2016, then Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested that gene-editing technology like CRISPR should be considered a weapon of mass destruction.
While synthetic biology capabilities like CRISPR do pose risks to national security opportunities also exist to leverage this technology for good. for example scientists today are using synthetic biology to intentionally design coronavirus vaccines synthetic biology capabilities can also be used to manufacture medicines food fuel and other materials like spider silk yourself.
For example, is a particular interest to the US Army because it is lightweight and strong and could one day be used as body armour more broadly synthetic biology is an emerging driver of the growing Bioeconomy which according to the National Academies makes up 5% of the U.S. gross domestic product or over 900 million dollars as economic and national security are increasingly intertwined and shaped by technology synthetic biology is poised to emerge as a critical enabler of both economic competitiveness and future national and health security.
What is Synthetic biology?
The objective of synthetic biology is to facilitate engineering biology. Synthetic biology is the convergence of progress in chemistry, biology, computer science and technology that allows us to move on quicker, cheaper and more precisely than ever before from idea to product.
The “toolkit” that uses abstracted, standardized and automated construction can be considered as biologically based for changing the way we build bio-systems and expand the range of possible products. This new foundation for several industries, including medicine, energy, and the environment, was formed by a community of experts across many disciplines.
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