Medical science has come a long way.
From Alexander Fleming’s discovery of the penicillin back in 1928, to the latest detection of the exact transformation of skin cell pigment into melanoma, a considerable distance has obviously been covered by the field of medicine.
But, what we get to have right now is not yet the full platter. A lot of breakthrough medical science and technologies are yet to reach their full maturity, and, rest assured, once these novel means to counter-strike what have been previously considered as incurable diseases, find their way to the medical market, life will be much better and longer for everyone.
But, as to when these theoretical and lab-based medical advancements would finally meet widespread application remains beyond the clout of scientific formulas and diagrams.
Technology analyst and expert Ray Kurzweil had aptly put it: computer device back in the 60s which were large enough to fill a room are now pocketsize, it will not be long before these computers get to fit within the confines of a person’s blood cell. This is basically the core idea behind nanotechnology. These infinitesimal computing tools are projected to serve the role of repair and regeneration agents much like your 24/7 plumbers. Nanotechnology, once fully realized, can allow the release of billions of nanobots into the bloodstream, which, can then carry out essential troubleshooting procedures to dysfunctional cells, tissues, and organs. Nanobots can also aid brain microchip implantation.
Stem cell treatment is already quite popular, although, this technology’s fullest potentials and utmost benefits are yet to be offered to the health market. Nowadays, stem cell technology is only used to foster holistic physical rejuvenation. Once consummated, this medical approach can lead to infinite health-augmentation possibilities. The concept behind stem cell science is quite simple: stem cells are like blank pages of paper which can be marked with specific texts, and, consequently, fashioned into something bigger and more practical. Put it this way: stem cells make up tissues, which, in turn, make up organs. Suffice to say that with stem cell technology scientists can easily replicate essential human organs which can be used to replace deteriorated ones.
Manipulation of the gene is perhaps the end-all and be-all in medical science. This technology can be rendered both as a preventative medical practice, or a proactive medical procedure. Gene therapy or manipulation can be exercised even before a baby or fetus fully develops. Through this intricate scientific approach, the genetics of an infant can be changed for the purpose of ensuring optimum health in the future.
These medical science and technology concepts and practices are quite controversial. Various religious and ethical groups oppose their advancement, backed with the argument that such practices are inhumane and immoral. But, looking at it from a health perspective, these breakthroughs can very well be our much needed antidote to today’s known incurable medical conditions like cancer, AIDS and HIV, and diabetes, among others.
Whether these novel scientific concepts will see the light of an actual hospital room is something that we cannot accurately predict as of the moment. But, as to whether they can solve current health problems, we- at least, if we rid ourselves of our biases- can uniformly answer with a yes.
Marc Webster works at All Time Medical, a company which sells wheelchairs and other elderly mobility aids. He is a science and technology freak and a frequent guest contributor on great health and wellness sites online.
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