World’s first Pig-Human heart transplant patient died from a Porcine virus

World’s first Pig-Human heart transplant patient died from a Porcine virus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Xenotransplantation relies on organs from other species that can be transplanted into humans to be genetically engineered to be virus free, this one wasn’t and it’s set the field back years.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses...

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The world’s smallest synthetic lifeform can now move by itself

The world’s smallest synthetic lifeform can now move by itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Synthetic bacteria aren’t natural, and now scientists are starting to give them new abilities.   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. Japanese scientists have “engineered the...

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New genetic firewalls keep engineered alien bacteria safe from outside attack

New genetic firewalls keep engineered alien bacteria safe from outside attack

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We’re becoming increasingly adept at coding life and created new kinds of DNA, and that’s good and bad …   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....

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Researchers use AI to create cancer hunting human super soldier cells

Researchers use AI to create cancer hunting human super soldier cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Essentially the human body is an amazing machine, and as scientists understand it better they’re managing to code it to do new things.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends, ...

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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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Another breakthrough brings powerful molecular computers closer to reality

Another breakthrough brings powerful molecular computers closer to reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future computers won’t necessarily be silicon, they could be chemical, liquid, molecular, or even biological in nature.   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. All life,...

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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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Three children are doing fine years after receiving transplants without immunosuppressant drugs

Three children are doing fine years after receiving transplants without immunosuppressant drugs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This breakthrough means that there many now be a way for people who’ve had transplants to ditch the lifetime of immunpsuppressing drugs.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, subscribe to the podcast, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about...

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Genetically engineered gut bacteria produce Parkinson’s drugs in vivo for patients

Genetically engineered gut bacteria produce Parkinson’s drugs in vivo for patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What if pharmacies and doctors weren’t in a remote building somewhere but in your body instead?   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. New research presented...

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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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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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