Scientific findings do not only lead to innovative applications, but also raise new questions. The understanding of biochemical interactions within the cell has advanced tremendously in recent decades — but numerous uncertainties remain.
It is undeniable that the volumes of data collected have grown in recent years thanks to new high-throughput methods — a trend that will continue. We will face the challenge of screening out what is essential and thus gain a much better understanding of biological relationships.
What are the basic, indispensable characteristics of life? What exactly happens during the development of an embryo? Through which biochemical processes is DNA passed on to the next generation? How are superfluous or damaged RNA molecules recognized and degraded by the body? How do viruses work and how can they be rendered harmless? These and many other questions will continue to keep us busy in the future. For sure, we will not run out of fascinating work.