Digital Tools in Life Sciences
Industry: Life Sciences
Designing Small Solutions to Big Problems
From synthetic biology and personalized medicine to nanotechnology, digital technology used in manufacturing, film, and video games may provide tools to help scientists tackle some of the most pressing challenges to human health.
Self-assembly is the phenomenon by which a disordered collection of individual components spontaneously arrange themselves into a coherent structure without external direction. Scientists are just beginning to see the potential of digital tools to model these programmable structures that solve fundamental problems.
DNA origami is the nanoscale folding of DNA to create 2D and 3D shapes. Scientists use CADnano software to accelerate the creation and modification of DNA origami. One potential application of this technology is the creation of agents that can interface with biological systems to address medical challenges such as cancer treatment.
Personalized medicine is a rapidly advancing field of health care that will one day be informed by each person’s unique clinical, genetic, genomic, and environmental information. Making the treatment as individual as the disease, personalized medicine focuses not only on curing disease, but also preventing it.