Innovation is often evolutionary by nature. Similar to how a small plant can grow and branch out with the right nutrition, innovation blooms as it’s fed new ideas, resulting in massive breakthroughs that open up new doors to unexpected opportunities. My favorite example of this form of evolutionary progression would be the incremental advances in Recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology over the past few decades. This technique has yielded some of the most valuable products in history, from synthetic human insulin and interferon drugs to genetically-modified food products.
At scientist.com our goal is to highlight all evolving high-impact innovations and help researchers to adopt them into their day-to-day research. This month’s installment of our Top 8 Innovations picks includes a range of research tools and technologies. From the next generation in vivo discovery platforms, like Digital Vivarium® Platform and C. elegans in a kit, to tools that facilitate 3D cell culturing such as Nanopatterned Cultureware and VitroGel 3D Hydrogel System.