Viruses become CRISPR Trojan Horses to genetically re-engineer bacteria

Viruses become CRISPR Trojan Horses to genetically re-engineer bacteria

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bacteria can be hard to reach, and even harder to genetically modify – until now.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. CRISPR, arguably the world’s...

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From kale to cherries scientists are using CRISPR to create new kinds of foods

From kale to cherries scientists are using CRISPR to create new kinds of foods

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Oddly if a plant could have evolved “that way naturally” even if you genetically re-engineer it then it’s not a GMO.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote,...

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Scientists cram millions of years of evolution into months with chromosome level re-engineering

Scientists cram millions of years of evolution into months with chromosome level re-engineering

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to genetically re-engineer chromosomes is the genetic equivalent of being able to re-write the paragraphs of a book all at once and is revolutionary.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential...

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In a world first AI can now model the molecular machines that govern life itself

In a world first AI can now model the molecular machines that govern life itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Your body is a very complex machine and if we are to cure disease or even “conquer death” then we need to know everything about it, and now AI is unlocking more of its inner workings.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community,...

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Molecular farming means your next vaccine could be grown in a plant

Molecular farming means your next vaccine could be grown in a plant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What if your food could vaccinate you against diseases? And other odd questions …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s a hot summers day and you bite down on a plump,...

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Scientists used CRISPR to create a superbug resistant to all viruses on Earth, again

Scientists used CRISPR to create a superbug resistant to all viruses on Earth, again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the second time we’ve created a superbug, and it shows how powerful gene editing technology can be.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Do you remember the time I talked...

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MIT and Harvard scientists develop a face mask that detects COVID-19 in the air

MIT and Harvard scientists develop a face mask that detects COVID-19 in the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Were you exposed to the COVID-19 virus when you were out and about? Now you can find out …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I wrote about...

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CRISPR gene editing tool shown to stop Coronavirus replication in human cells

CRISPR gene editing tool shown to stop Coronavirus replication in human cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By future standards today’s medicines and treatments are old fashioned, and we have an increasing array of powerful new tools at our disposal.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while...

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This genetic kill switch prevents genetically modified organisms from escaping

This genetic kill switch prevents genetically modified organisms from escaping

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetically modifying organisms is easier than ever before, but controlling how those organisms behave or spread is a major problem still.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Genetically modified organisms, as well...

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Amazing self-deleting gene breakthrough reverses effects of genetic engineering

Amazing self-deleting gene breakthrough reverses effects of genetic engineering

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic engineering is incredibly powerful, it can help cure thousands of uncuttable diseases and wipe out species, and until now it’s been irreversible.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As a species...

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Researchers de-extincted a killer Pox virus for $100k using mail order DNA

Researchers de-extincted a killer Pox virus for $100k using mail order DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Extinction is no longer for life, and being able to bring back extinct killer viruses or create new ones is both exciting and terrifying.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Eradicating smallpox, one...

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Blind patient regains sight after world’s first in vivo gene editing trial goes without a hitch

Blind patient regains sight after world’s first in vivo gene editing trial goes without a hitch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Normally doctors correct faulty genes outside of the body, this is the first time ever it’s been done inside the body.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A while ago I...

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Genetically engineered cattle only produce male offspring to save the world

Genetically engineered cattle only produce male offspring to save the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA is the software of life, and our ability to code it is getting exponentially better – for better and worse.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In spite of the...

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World first after Chinese scientists use CRISPR gene editing to erase fearful memories from rats

World first after Chinese scientists use CRISPR gene editing to erase fearful memories from rats

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now it’s only been possible to modify memories using optogentics, by using gene editing scientists have changed the game.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Ah, memories, they can be some of our best assets or...

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New tests prove Covid-19 virus wasn’t made by humans in a lab

New tests prove Covid-19 virus wasn’t made by humans in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our mastery of synthetic biology improves so too does our ability to create new types of artificial bio-weaponry, and it’s freaking governments out.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A decade or so ago the mere thought...

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Stanford developed a gene editing tool that identifies and de-bugs faulty genes

Stanford developed a gene editing tool that identifies and de-bugs faulty genes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology of the future increasingly looks like it will be biological based we’ll need more “biological debuggers” like this one that can debug it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This is a good example of...

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Genetically engineered male moths programmed to kill off females released into the wild

Genetically engineered male moths programmed to kill off females released into the wild

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic engineering is the ultimate Pandora’s Box, and the lid’s coming off as companies discover new ways to control and kill pests in the wild.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s play a game… what’s the most...

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DARPA wants to genetically engineer soldiers to protect them from biological and chemical weapons

DARPA wants to genetically engineer soldiers to protect them from biological and chemical weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our understanding of how to manipulate the genetic code improves we’re slowing unlocking a whole new world of possible use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The US Pentagon’s bleeding edge research arm DARPA, whose crazy...

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Scientists use CRISPR to alter the genomes of fruit flies so they can eat poison

Scientists use CRISPR to alter the genomes of fruit flies so they can eat poison

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of genetics improves we have now reached the point at which we can cause mass extinctions, and change the ecology of the planet in one stroke.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Nature is a...

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Cellular recorders help treat cancer by capturing the story of cells

Cellular recorders help treat cancer by capturing the story of cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A lot happens in our cells and when things go wrong and turn cancerous we have no way to know what happened, but cellular recorders will now give us a perfect history.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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