Synthetic biology defined by Wikipedia as: Synthetic biology attempts to create new biological molecules and even novel living species capable of carrying out a range of important medical and industrial functions, from manufacturing pharmaceuticals to detoxifying polluted land and water.
Keep your eyes open for more in this field. Especially:
1. Bio Fuels
2. Replicating Synthetic Rubber for Tires
3. Bio Acrylic
These synthetic advances help our environment by not using our earth’s limited resources.
Creating computational synthetic biology could save a life. If you could program a synthetic device to determine when a diabetic’s blood sugar gets to low or high it could regulate the sugars correctly. Diabetics do have access to a pump that eliminates shots but it doesn’t regulate the sugars on their own.
Possibly synthetic organs could be next such as a kidney, pancreas or liver. It sounds sci-fi but it’s actually going to happen in the near future.