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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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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Slowly but surely AI is helping eliminate the need for animal testing

Slowly but surely AI is helping eliminate the need for animal testing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Animal testing is controversial, on the one hand it helps get drugs to market and on the other kills and harms millions of animals, but AI be a solution.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Second generation of living robots are faster and smarter than their predecessors

Second generation of living robots are faster and smarter than their predecessors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our command of biology is improving, and we’re now creating the world’s first programmable living synthetic organisms – AKA living robots.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Last year the world’s first...

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Genetically engineered barcoded spores could help improve food safety

Genetically engineered barcoded spores could help improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When things go wrong in the global supply chain it can be hard to find and fix the fault and recall the products, this improves the situation.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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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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Designer Cytokines help paralysed mice walk again

Designer Cytokines help paralysed mice walk again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Paralysis is no longer for life, and this is just one of tens of new breakthrough innovations that’s making it possible to give people their lives back.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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MIT’s lab grown wood and plants take aim at traditional farming and forestry

MIT’s lab grown wood and plants take aim at traditional farming and forestry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Agriculture and forestry account for over 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, but what if you could grow only the parts of the plant you want in a lab like lab made meats using no chemicals and without any of the waste?   Love...

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In a world first an AI just made it’s own synthetic human genome

In a world first an AI just made it’s own synthetic human genome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What happens when AI can design its own humans? And then breed them ex vivo? The future is weirder than you could ever imagine …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Have...

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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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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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A brain switch helped put mice into suspended animation, could do same for humans

A brain switch helped put mice into suspended animation, could do same for humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Putting humans into suspended animation would give surgeons more time to operate on critical patients, and help us colonise far off worlds, and we’re getting closer to it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As humanity continues to look...

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Squids help researchers genetically engineer human cells and turn them invisible

Squids help researchers genetically engineer human cells and turn them invisible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Squid have a huge number of secret skills, and now thanks to genetic engineering humans could one day have those same skills too.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. People everywhere want superpowers – even though their own...

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Forget lockdown HIT, these mice got totally ripped with gene therapy

Forget lockdown HIT, these mice got totally ripped with gene therapy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Of course ethically there will never be any substitute for real exercise, but new gene therapies are pushing our thinking and could benefit people who can’t exercise.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The current Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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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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Researchers made networks out of bacteria to make DNA storage more efficient

Researchers made networks out of bacteria to make DNA storage more efficient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA storage holds huge amounts of promise but getting information into DNA and then getting it back out again has been problematic.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Humanity is creating information at an unprecedented rate, and I’m...

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