The Study of living things
Deep-dive into the study of living things and the innovative research areas of the Falling Walls participants
What is Life Sciences about?
The Life Sciences category is about groundbreaking research which illuminates the structures and functioning of living organisms, and which contributes towards solving the world’s biggest challenges. Just as life itself is complex and multi-facetted, the study of living things has various orientations. In this category, we assemble and present some of the most groundbreaking results from researchers as well as established institutions with expertise in biopharmaceutics, molecular biology, zoology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biotechnology, and other paradigm-shifting research areas.
Developing new therapies and medications
Apart from fighting the global Covid-19 pandemic through advancing the understanding of the virus and developing efficient vaccines and tailored treatments, the Life Sciences are also focused on finding new therapies and medications to cure or to treat diseases such as cancer or dementia. Cutting-edge innovations, such as personalized medicine to combat hereditary conditions, aim to use the latest genomic interventions to adapt medical treatments to individual patients’ molecular and genetic profiles.
Genetic modifications for a sustainable future
In terms of climate change, research in Life Sciences is also geared towards finding solutions for a sustainable future for the entire planet – including its human inhabitants. Genetic information, for example, can play an important role in the research for more sustainable agriculture. As the global community is developing an ethical and sustainable framework for the use of methods such as CRISPR/ cas, leaders in the study of living things are exploring its potential. Using this method, which makes it possible to isolate and change a plant’s genome, a plant can be genetically engineered to need less water, for instance, or to hold a richer store of nutrients. By changing the genetic code of crops, the need for ecosystem harming pesticides can be reduced, improving ecological resilience.
Using innovative technologies for scientific discoveries
The integration of technological innovations in Life Sciences, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, are changing the pace and the possibilities of scientific discovery. Engineering and Computing are becoming more important for the study of living things, as they provide new tools to help improve our health, to regain balance in our ecosystems and, as a result, to tackle the growing climate crisis, global pandemics and treatment-resistant diseases.