When we think of reprogramming, most of us think about software and other electronics. Few people outside of the scientific community imagine that we can reprogram our own biological cells. And yet, that’s exactly what some of the latest innovations are doing. Today’s molecular genetics software is more capable than most people imagined when molecular genetics took off about 40 years ago. Now, it’s constantly improving and evolving. 

What does this mean for the laboratories of today? For those who use molecular genetics software, it means exciting changes and high demands. Perhaps one day, the genetic disorders that impact humanity will be relegated to the history books. 

Molecular Genetics Software: What We Can Do Today 

For those who use molecular genetics software, it’s no surprise that the future looks bright. This software already handles innovations that seemed unbelievable only a couple of decades ago. For example, we know a lot more about genetic differences than we did in the past, and we can now use that knowledge in genetic counseling and disease prevention. 

Researchers have used this knowledge in other important ways, too. For example, thanks to molecular genetics and its corresponding software, we have new vaccines and drugs that we wouldn’t have otherwise had, and new research is paving the way to even more options. 

What Does the Future Have in Store? 

Which brings us to the reprogramming of biological cells. Thanks to molecular genetics software, intense research, and lots of innovation, we can see echoes of the future right now. Developers already use biological cell reprogramming in the aforementioned vaccines. Changes in a virus’s DNA and RNA can make it usable for protection. 

Vaccines aren’t new, of course, but we can still see how the most recent changes can impact the future, especially now. As of this publication, for example, the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates are mRNA vaccines. Unlike most vaccines, which use a weakened form of a virus to help people develop immunity, mRNA vaccines use a different approach. They act almost like cellular educators, teaching human cells how to trigger specific antibodies. 

And then there’s CRISPR, a new method of gene therapy. CRISPR effectively reprograms human cells, and the technology has been used for cancer treatment and genetic disorder treatment. 

So far, though, scientists have performed more biological cell reprogramming on non-human subjects. Still, these changes could lead to a lot of exciting direct advances for humans. 

The Future of Molecular Genetics Laboratories 

Of course, these changes have impacted — and will keep impacting — the laboratories that use molecular genetics software. For example, startup labs have gained a bigger place in the market. That’s because everyday people have access to far more information than they used to have. The increased information has led to increased demand, and with increased demand comes increased opportunity for smaller laboratories. 

Molecular genetics laboratories have experienced other changes, too. 

Unique Workflow and Flexibility Concerns 

Even before the most recent innovations, molecular genetics laboratories had unique workflows. FISH, karyotyping, and DNA sequencing are all complex tests that come with complex concerns. As each day brings more innovations, laboratory workflows will become more demanding. 

Molecular genetics laboratories will also need plenty of flexibility. Laboratory owners and managers will have to make sure that their software and instrumentation can keep up with all of the newest innovations. Often, this means making sure that laboratory software comes with consistent and smooth updates. 

Complex Reporting Made Simple 

Changes in the field have brought up new reporting concerns, too. Again, molecular genetics was a complex field even before all of these innovations. As the field grows more complex, molecular genetics laboratories will need more complex reporting options. On the other hand, labs still need some simplicity in their reporting. The key is to have a reporting system that’s complex but not complicated. The best system will simplify reporting operations so that you can get information where it needs to go quickly. 

Instrumentation 

Simplicity and flexibility also matter when it comes to instrumentation. Molecular genetics software already covers lots of instrumentation, but with all the new innovations arriving, your instrumentation could be asked to handle new tasks in the future. For that matter, you may even decide that your lab needs additional instruments to keep up with need and demand. Your software updates should include any new instrumentation integrations that you need. 

The Bottom Line 

The best molecular genetics software companies are the companies that keep up with the times. Changes such as the reprogramming of biological cells can make a big difference in how you run your laboratory. The more a software company pays attention to recent developments, the more prepared that company will be to provide your laboratory with what it needs. 

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Molecular Genetics and the Ability to Reprogram Biological Cells," in Medicalopedia, March 12, 2021, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9608/molecular-genetics-and-the-ability-to-reprogram-biological-cells/].