The Biology domain is all about biotechnological developments. When we started growing food thousands of years ago, it was not long before we crossed seeds and fruits to make them tastier, bigger and better resistant to diseases. Put a corncob or a carrot next to the ‘original’ and you won’t even recognize it. In the meantime, we can adapt plants extensively and clone cattle: possible solutions for the world food problem. Wageningen University can ‘print’ steaks, based on vegetable proteins, that already taste like ‘the real deal’.
There is talk about 3D printing of organs, diseases are being banned and our death is being postponed. The first person to become a thousand years is already born according to the British researcher Aubrey de Gray. Whether you believe it or not, the fact is that research into our genetic building blocks shows breakthrough after breakthrough. As Chinese scientists have recently shown with cloning the first primate.
Nobody is against finding a cure for deadly diseases, but are we going the same techniques on unborn babies to give them blond hair and blue eyes? With every opportunity also comes a dilemma regarding the application and its consequences.
A photographer who exhibits in this field, for example, is Mandy Barker who does a photographic study on the plastic plankton that ‘swims’ around the world.