Innovations in medical science hope for better life

Innovations in technology, specially in the field of medical science, has transformed lives. From a 3-D system for culturing cells and tissues and a synthetic gene service to a laboratory organisation web and products that showcase the latest in rapid, cheap genome sequencing is this year's true innovation, says Dr Bharati Dhore-Patil, president, city unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA).

"Medical education applications and devices that can help physically challenged persons move around with ease are just among a few technological advances that can improve quality of life. These are higher end solutions that we can look forward to in the coming years," said Dhore-Patil.

She said a Nobel prize for the work in stem cells has further opened new doors to technological innovations. Stem cell therapy that relies on replacing diseased or dysfunctional cells with healthy ones are being applied experimentally to a wide range of human disorders like cancer, neurological diseases and others. The government too has promoted the potential of this new technology in modern therapeutics and biomedical research and framed guidelines for use of stem cells, she said.

"With all the advances in technology there is also a need to strengthen paramedical support services," she said.

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