Life Sciences

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Life Sciences? Is that even a thing? This was the reaction of a majority of Indians in the past few decades whenever they heard the term until a few years ago. India is a vast country with rich resources, both industrial and of course, human resources. But most of the time, these resources are not used to its maximum- the only reason India is unable to cope up with the technological advancements. Not anymore!

Gone are those days when a patient would consult only the specialising physician for his treatment. The more advancement happens in technology, the more sophisticated becomes the living standards of citizens.

Interdisciplinarity or interdisciplinary studies is the new uprising in not just science and technology but in all aspects of life. It involves the combining of two or more disciplines into one activity. Not only does it enhance one’s knowledge on a subject, it also reduces the risk of errors that are quite easily gone unnoticed otherwise.

Life Sciences is by far the most widespread and colossal area of study. A decade ago, when a person studied biochemistry, he was just a biochemist. A person studying statistics is just a statistician and a person who would study microbiology knew only about growing microbes. With the advent of interdisciplinary studies, now, a microbiologist can study biochemistry and learn statistics and compile his/her knowledge to discover new drugs to treat infections. A biotechnologist can now learn both biochemistry and molecular biology to conduct research on cancer biology.

Life Sciences is not one single field of study. It is a culmination of all the knowledge gained by mankind throughout all these centuries. Just like how life managed to evolve from a single cell to what the world is today, science and technology has evolved appreciably.

In less than a decade from now, Life Sciences will be the most sought after field of study in the world. Oncology and stem cell research are being spearheaded by young graduates and scientists from various fields such as, evolutionary biology, informatics, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology and so on.

The antibiotics in use today are the same that were being used for the past century. With the inception of drug resistant strains, new effective medicines are the need of the hour to counter these ‘superbugs’.

The methods of diagnosis and treatment will also be changed once Life Sciences flourish. Everything about a person can be identified from his/her genome. Soon, everybody will be holding their digitalised genome in a drive and diagnosis and prescription of medicines will be customised according to their genome unlike generalised medicine today.

Whatever we know today is not even the tip of the iceberg. Life Sciences is the name of the tool gifted to mankind by ourselves that can open the doors to know nature in its purest form and fathom its vastness.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

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