On the 24th of December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched (weather permitting) and ultimately give humanity the opportunity to understand even more about the universe. Gold, a metal that was born in the stars billions of years ago, has long played a critical role in space exploration - the JWST included.
It’s not just the miners that are having a positive impact on SDG 3, gold itself is a critical material in the healthcare sector. It is used in a large number of diagnostic tools, and is of increasing interest to companies developing innovative new ways to treat disease. These applications often go unnoticed, but are an important part of gold’s story.
There is an aspect to gold’s role in our society which tends to receive much less attention: it is a critical component in many diagnostic test kits.