Third place: Nikolas Konstantopoulos, a biologist from Greece:
Biotechnology is a pluralistic science with high rates of development. All the sciences are focusing on making our lives better but specifically the Human sciences are ameliorating our quality of life from the very beginning until (hopefully) a very old age. All the delicate knowledge which is elicited from the upcoming, every day evolutions of that science, are concentrated on that. But every disease is based actually, and from the very beginning, on a genetic defect, which may involve a single gene, some genes, or chromosomes.
The knowledge which regulates the origin of life and its further course is based on the genome and in the science of Genetics. So, actually we own that origin of the endless path of knowledge, to the person who showed us the way: James Dewey Watson. This molecular biologist and geneticist together with Francis Crick in 1953 discovered the structure of DNA and implicated it as the ‘’storage place’’ where all necessary information for our ontogenesis and morphogenesis are hidden. In this way they provided us with the key for the most interesting journey to our own insight. Thereafter, that science is growing rapidly with a single and ultimate goal: the alleviation of human pain, the better control of our environment, and actually, a world where less morbidity, hunger, and all the range of discomforts that may deteriorate or at least decrease our quality of life.
The goal of each science, but specifically Genetics, is global, without taking into consideration ethnicity, culture, or religious. The target is common so every single person can have a life with better perspectives throughout his/her life. With the applications of Genetics and Biotechnology we can predict the development of a disease; we can interfere in the course of its development and actually try to understand the basis of all the physic and psychic morbidities.
By recapitulating my thoughts, all these amazing steps that we can accomplish today, we owe them to that person which taught us ‘’how to walk’’, James Dewey Watson.