Technology is usually evidenced in daily life like better Frontier service. By taking a step back, it is possible to see the effects of technology, specifical biotechnology on life. This blog explores how.
One of the things built into the nature of technological evolution is exponential growth. From efficient and faster Frontier Services to quick delivery turnaround on Amazon, technology is everywhere in our daily lives. One particular area, industrial biotechnology, has the potential to solve some of the most pressing issues that the world is facing. From genetically engineered crops to fossil fuel alternatives, biotechnology plays a huge role. It is the most promising solution for issues like world hunger and renewable energy. Many of us are not even aware of the significant impact biotechnology has had on our daily lives and homes. Here are a few ways in which biotechnology is making our lives better:
The production of alcohol is one of the most basic uses of contemporary industrial biotechnology. The process through which alcohol is produced is called fermentation. In beer, for example, the key ingredient is water and starch sources. By introducing microbes and enzymes into the mix, the beer is converted to sugar, then fermented into alcohol and CO2. Industrial biotechnology has considerably improved the process, making it faster, high-yielding and above all hygienic. The synthetic production of microbes and enzymes is one of the most widely used applications of biotechnology.
The use of biotechnology in producing plant-derived fuels is an important application of science. Traditional fossil fuel resources are depleting at an alarming rate. More importantly, fossil fuel-based emissions are damaging the global environment. Therefore, there is a pressing need for commercially and environmentally viable fuel alternatives. Biofuel is produced through the fermentation of plant-based sugars to ethanol or plant-oils to biodiesel. The most used plants in biofuels are crops like corn, wheat, sugar cane and beet among others. Biofuels are usually blended with traditional fossil fuels to reduce the carbon emission impact of vehicles. Another aspect currently heavily under development is the production of biofuel for aviation. It is expected to significantly reduce the carbon impact of traditional fossil fuel-based jet fuel.
Detergents and Household Products:
Usually, detergents and other household products are either created from cells, or enzymes derived from cells. A cell is essentially a biofactory in its own right, with enzymes acting as workers to assemble the desired product. Biotechnology can make use of the entire biofactory (the cell) or specific workers (enzymes) to create many products we use in our households. Other than making use of them, cells and enzymes can be biotech products themselves. Consider the use of probiotic yogurts, veggie burgers, washing detergents, cosmetics, and food processing enzymes. You’d be surprised at how the simplest of household products make use of sophisticated biotechnology.
In the fabric industry, the process of dying is one of the oldest known applications of biotechnology. But biotech applications aren’t restricted to dying. The production of synthetic fibers like polyester is one of the biggest biotechnological breakthroughs of the century. These synthetic polymer fibers are used in the production of textiles including clothes, blankets, carpets etc. Nylon is another synthetic fabric made possible through the efforts of the biotechnology industry. The applications within the textile industry of various bioengineered chemicals are very much on the rise.
Grooming and Cosmetic Products:
While many contemporary products boast “all-natural” ingredients, but there is much room for biotechnology to make an impact. In the near future, we can expect bioengineered ingredients in our shampoos, face creams and moisturizers. Biochemical extraction of essential nutrients and cellular matter from naturally occurring substances holds great potential. These have applications in creating cosmetic and grooming products that are more efficacious than the ones we use today.
Foods and Beverages:
Many of the foods and drinks we pick up from the supermarket are generally the product of biotechnological applications. From food packaging (bioplastics) to food flavors, colors, fragrances, and other agents, the industry makes heavy use of biotechnology. Biotechnology also has many uses in specialized foods like concentrated extracts, herbal derivatives, and dietary supplements. In the food growing area biotechnology has come up with high yielding seeds, growth accelerators, eco-friendly pesticides and much more.
Biotechnological applications within the pharmaceutical industry have resulted in the creation of many medicines that were otherwise impossible to manufacture. Biotechnology has enabled the industry to overcome many technological barriers. Obstacles to purity that used to be in place as recently as a few decades ago are no longer an issue. Biotechnological processes are allowing researchers to discover cost-effective methods to manufacture high-value pharmaceuticals and active agents. There is even work being done on an entirely different angle; manufacturing human organs grown from stem cells. If successful, this breakthrough will make organ donors and waiting lists obsolete.
Makes you realize how big the impact of technology really is, doesn’t it? Many of us are only concerned with more mundane aspects of technology likFrontier Internet Plans. But the bigger picture is much more vibrant and startling. Technology is infiltrating almost every aspect of our life. Only time and human effort can determine when technological advancement will finally plateau.
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