Enzymes are Awesome

I personally maintain that mankind is currently in the Stone Age of Biotechnology, as indicated in Figure 1 below;

Figure 1 - mankind looks under a rock in his search for answers to biology’s many mysteries.

With this understanding, it should stand to reason that our potential for progress in this field, in this era, is tremendous. As more phenomenons and innovations await our discovery, every ounce of effort expended towards elucidating and exploiting biology’s sophisticated machinery does more for our collective goal of improving the contemporary human condition than we may realize.

The most immediately useful facet of Biotechnology as it stands now is the notion of customizing enzymes for any arbitrary chemical reaction. I like to think of enzymes as the manifestation of raw efficiency, simply put. The capacity to design enzymes to our liking would likely benefit our species to the same extent that it has benefited all of nature’s biological organisms since the dawn of the Earth. It would mean the difference between letting the wind push you around to get places and driving a Lotus down the Autobahn.

To laud the potential behind enzyme design is fun enough, but the challenge lies in harnessing the capacity of our computers to achieve the efficiencies of calculation required to make this an attainable dream. As we currently stand, the computational power required to blindly enumerate every possible configuration of amino acids that could act as a biocatalyst is well beyond our reach. The resources that currently exist at our disposal are, however, plenty enough to win us total domination of the realm of customizable enzymes if we can just figure out how to reduce the proverbial activation energy (the innovation, that is) that stands between ourselves and this realm. There are many things we can do to make this dream a reality, but it all essentially comes down to tinkering. Research and trial and error are the purest pushers of progress, and that's all we'll need to move forward.

Now is the best time to screw around with our computers and play with our wetware. Whatever it'll take to make enzymes as designable as websites, I've got a feeling we aren't far.

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