Bioengineering is the art that fuses the rigors of engineering and biology to propose advancements in almost everything we do on earth, from fossil fuel replacements to genetically engineering a sort of “super species.” As one of the fastest growing fields today, a career in bioengineering proposes not only a stable job market, but gives individuals the ability to truly benefit the world and its inhabitants.
The cost of our yearly usage of oil, coal, and natural gas is around 1 million years’ worth of organic matter converting sunlight to chemical energy as well as ozone depletion and climate change. Yes, there are several new sources of bioenergy being studied, but they are still underdeveloped. Just to name a few, possible sources for fuel include the metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria for bioenergy production and redirecting the end products of photosynthetic processes to produce hydrogen. Furthermore, there are perhaps countless unknown processes waiting to be discovered.
862 million people across the world are malnourished where 16,000 children die from hunger a day, that’s one child every 5 seconds. The problem is not the food, but the ability to produce and provide such food. Imagine the capability to genetically engineer “super rice” and other sorts of super food at an inexpensive cost to deal with this great loss and to drastically reduce such a huge number. Not only hunger but imagine the benefits to human health. Imagine the capability to locate and genetically manipulate the genes that control quality of our immune system and upgrade it, so that so many people in the world do not die from simple diseases (that we already have a cure to). As farfetched as it may seem, imagine (…just imagine) the ability to make a super human, a person stronger, faster, and smarter. On another note, I believe that any political campaign pursuing bioengineering to solve our problems is the strongest campaign, because it takes on the Good Samaritan approach, that is, caring for our planet and its people.
Bioengineering allows for endless improvements in everything, especially the human body. There are countless areas in human anatomy that can be advanced; bioengineering can give blind people sight and deaf people hearing, without the use of robotics and equipment (but through manipulation of the very organs that control such senses).