Nicholas Giovinco

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Craig Venter unveils "synthetic life" useful to podiatry anytime soon?

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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/863

As was announced via TED news, Craig Venter venter explains with some degree of detail the challenges and techniques involved with the synthesis of new life.  When considering the phenomenal speed of how these advances are made, after subsequent "milestones".  Medicine could be seeing some benefits of this before too long.

So what about Podiatry?  Do we as wound care specialists have the ability to utilize these sorts of methods in the coming years?  You bet!  Much research has demonstrated the interactions of bacterial species within a wound bed.  Some of these bacteria work together in biofilms and cross species cooperation can, unfortunately, lead to bad patient outcome if not addressed.

On the contrary, many supporting literary publications continue to demonstrate the "Check and Balance" that exists between mixed colonization.  By this, a multitude of factors work antagonistically and prevent infection from further advancing.  Opportunism, in this case, becomes competitive to the patient's benefit.

Amongst the several "approaches and directions" mentioned by Dr. Venter, it is not unreasonable to assume that both prokaryotic and eukaryotic species could be designed to challenge common pathologic organisms.  In subsequent developments, the concept of "Personalized Medicine" could be afoot.