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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MIT’s CRISPR gene editing alternative inserts new DNA without cutting

MIT’s CRISPR gene editing alternative inserts new DNA without cutting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Using the CRISPR gene editing tool to cut and edit DNA sequences can create unintended side effects, and CAST eliminates the cutting process.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The CRISPR gene editing system is such a powerful and revolutionary...

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Researchers gene hacked human cells and turned them into dual core computers

Researchers gene hacked human cells and turned them into dual core computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computers have transformed human society, and next they’ll transform humans.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually known for helping scientists create gene hacked twins resistant to HIV and cancer vaccines, cure blindness, genetic...

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Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time the cost and ease of modifying any living organisms genome and genetic makeup, for better and worse, will fall to almost zero, and as gene editing tools become democratised and sought after by Bio-Terrorists, researchers are trying to find the technology’s Kryptonite –...

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Scientists gene hacked lizards to make them albino

Scientists gene hacked lizards to make them albino

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As gene editing tools become more powerful scientists are starting to push the boundaries by modifying the genes of more complex animals.   For the first time reptiles, which are comparatively complex organisms, have been gene-edited with CRISPR technology after scientists at University of Georgia...

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Experts believe Chinese scientist who Gene-Hacked twins “likely boosted their brainpower”

Experts believe Chinese scientist who Gene-Hacked twins “likely boosted their brainpower”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic enhancement has a variety of unknown impacts on human biology and cognition, and we are no where near to understanding them.   When now infamous Chinese scientists He Jiankui edited the genes of human twin babies last year, he was reportedly trying to make them immune...

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World first as scientists get the “Extinction Gene” to work in mammals

World first as scientists get the “Extinction Gene” to work in mammals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Gene drives over rule the laws of genetic inheritance, which means you can cure inherited genetic diseases forever, wipe out the entire human population, and everything in between.   The phrase Gene Drive often sends a shudder down a scientist’s spine, one of awe and...

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Birth of genetically engineered twins resistant to HIV causes global outrage

Birth of genetically engineered twins resistant to HIV causes global outrage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine growing old and never experiencing what it’s like to be ill because you were genetically engineered in the womb to be resistant to all known pathogens and viruses, technology is starting to make that a reality.   A little while ago I wrote about...

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“No cut CRISPR” breakthrough lets scientists turn genes on and off at will

“No cut CRISPR” breakthrough lets scientists turn genes on and off at will

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to precisely turn genes on and off “at will” will revolutionise personal medicine and bring about the creation of new revolutionary healthcare treatments.   The gene editing tool CRISPR is one of the most exciting developments in modern genetics, for example recently it...

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Experiment proves DNA computers could be the most powerful on Earth

Experiment proves DNA computers could be the most powerful on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA computers will be the next, next computing revolution after Quantum computers, and their power could be truly staggering.   By making DNA endlessly change researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK, who last year created the first ever blueprint for a DNA...

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Scientists stored a movie inside a living bacteria, then replayed it

Scientists stored a movie inside a living bacteria, then replayed it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today our computing platforms are mechanical and non-organic, but tomorrow’s will be biological, and immensely powerful, this is just one of a host of breakthroughs in the space.   The bacteria E. coli might sometimes make us sick, but they have served as a workhorse in science...

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World’s first in vivo human gene editing trial goes without a hitch

World’s first in vivo human gene editing trial goes without a hitch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are tens of millions of people around the world with incurable inherited conditions and diseases, and being able to swap in new genes and replace faulty genes in vivo will be nothing less than revolutionary.   In a world first researchers in the US...

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DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone would suspect a plant of watching or surveilling them, but thanks to DARPA that’s all about to change.   This week Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, the bleeding US research arm of the US Department of Defense, announced it’s working on a new...

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Scientists are creating next generation vaccines that are contagious

Scientists are creating next generation vaccines that are contagious

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way that we vaccinate people today is, arguably, outmoded, but the next generation of vaccines that are being produced could be contagious and that could change health, and healthcare, forever.   What if you never got ill again? Ever. I’m not talking about not...

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Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’

Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is the harshest environment known to man and the idea of creating the world’s first genetically altered humans who can survive its extremes “naturally” without the need to take their artificial environments with them is gaining traction.   At last year’s International Astronautical Congress in...

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Promising ‘Genetic Chainsaw in a pill’ could solve the world’s antibiotic crisis

Promising ‘Genetic Chainsaw in a pill’ could solve the world’s antibiotic crisis

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bacteria’s stellar ability to rapidly evolve to overcome today’s most potent antibiotics puts tens of millions of lives at high risk, but now scientists are designing new genetics based antibiotic treatments that could kill off bacteria’s natural advantage.   Even since Alexander Fleming stumbled across...

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An extinction gene and glowing mice help scientists eradicate invasive species

An extinction gene and glowing mice help scientists eradicate invasive species

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The question of whether or not to use gene drives, an extinction technology, to eradicate pests and invasive species is divisive but it looks set to get the go ahead.   Scientists working with US conservation group Island Conservation say they’ve managed to establish an...

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Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera

Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next few decades self-driving cars could cause a shortage of donor organs, Chimera’s could provide doctors and patients with alternatives.   Sometimes it’s hard to help but wonder what scientists would do with their time if they didn’t have stem cells to experiment...

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