What happens when the power of whole genome sequencing crosses paths with the law of accelerating returns? Some believe such a convergence of events is well underway, although the reality of its presence and full impact has yet to reach mainstream awareness. It is a new revolution unlike any other, a Genomic Revolution. The arrival of inexpensive, rapid, next generation gene sequencing technology will bring us massive amounts of information about ourselves and the people around us both locally and globally in interesting and surprising new ways. It will allow us to quite literally look inside ourselves to see both our genetic past and our potential futures. Every arena of life from politics to health care to interpersonal relationships will be influenced and ultimately shaped by the power of genetic information. We will discover and treat diseases earlier, we will find out who we are really related to and will be challenged to redefine who we are as human beings. In this TED talk Richard Resnick CEO of GenomeQuest explores the implications of the Genomic Revolution.
What would it be like to live 50 years longer than normal, would you want to live longer if you had the chance? Now how about living for 100 years or even a 1000 years or more? Some believe that within just 25 to 30 years this could become a technically attainable possibility.Dr. Aubrey de Grey imagines world where the human lifespan is dramatically increased via a multidisciplinary scientific research approach to “cure” ageing. de Grey is working with top scientists from around the world to bring together the research efforts of molecular biologists, geneticists, stem cell experts and bioengineers to vastly increase the human lifespan and ultimately (in his words) to conquer death. He calls it SENS Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. He believes that with his approach we could live longer and halt the aging process.
The Quest to Cure Aging
Imagine a world where the aging process is slowed down sufficiently enough to allow a person to have a much longer more fulfilling life. Imagine a world where a couple could choose to delay having a child not for just 3 years but 10 years or possibly more? With a focus on curing both aging and cancer, new California based start up Halcyon Molecular seeks to sequence DNA directly using electron microscopy. Their technology could lead to a fast, affordable and accurate method of sequencing an individual’s entire genome for about $1,000.
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