(Set to “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music” – Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…)
Vaccines for cancer and CRISPR gene cutting,
Implants for brains and tooth diet tracking,
Needle-less shots and digital skin,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Ok, so I had a little fun with that, but these ideas solve very serious problems:
- Human trials to test a potential cancer vaccine: injections of immune-stimulating agents eliminate cancer and prohibit the build-up of metastases.
- CRISPR gene editing to cure disease at the genetic level and restore cells back to a healthy state.
- A “pacemaker” implant for the brain, which could help improve memory and minimize the effects of epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
- A “wearable” for your tooth that can track real-time data on your dietary consumption, including sodium, glucose and alcohol.
- A high-pressure medication system that delivers through the skin – no needles, pokes or prods required.
- Biometric monitors that can measure your body’s vital signs and display them on a thin plastic material placed over your skin.
The common theme with all of these is that they represent upgrades to our delicate bodies, either on a molecular level or a system/functional level. No wonder there’s a new movie out called “Upgrade.”
What do you think about these ideas? Are there any you’d sign up for? And which should be covered through your employer’s health plan?
I think I’d go for that memory upgrade…