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New frontiers open up in biotechnology, and the use of health data can further preventive healthcare. In this context discuss how will biotechnology transform our approach to human health?

Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

6. New frontiers open up in biotechnology, and the use of health data can further preventive healthcare. In this context discuss how will biotechnology transform our approach to human health? (250 words)

Reference:  Economic Times

Why the question:

The article brings to us the importance of biotechnology and the use of health data to further preventive healthcare.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail how biotechnology will transform our approach to human health.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with some facts highlighting the current health crisis the world is facing.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Explain in what way Covid crisis offers new healthcare opportunities for India.

Discuss the new possibilities in healthcare: Biotechnology and genomic medicine and leveraging millions of data points – Messenger-RNA technology applications: Success of COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax vaccine using mRNA technology calls for further applications such as cancer cure. Renewed interest in the study of viruses: Useful viruses can be developed Eg. Bacteriophages can be used to kill multidrug-resistant bacteria. Preventive healthcare: Data captured by wearable devices can provide vital inputs to preventive healthcare, particularly in non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.