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Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future' | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The pioneering American scientist, who created the world's first synthetic life, is building a gadget that could teletransport medicine and vaccines into our homes or to colonists in space

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How Machine Learning and Big Data Are Changing the Face of Biological Sciences

Until recently, the wet lab has been a crucial component of every biologist. Today's advances in the production of massive amounts of data and the creation of machine-learning algorithms for processing that data are changing the face of biological science—making it possible to do real science without a wet lab. David Heckerman shares several examples of how this transformation in the area of genomics is changing the pace of scientific breakthroughs.

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davidgibson's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:05 PM

This 36 min video is well worth the time spent - to get an idea (hopefully a transferrable one) about Big Data and the frontiers of science. In this case both "wet lab" (test tubes microscopes) and "dry lab" (computer modeling with machine learning) and needed and so is content as well as computational literacy.

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Fulfilling the Genomic Promise

Fulfilling the Genomic Promise | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Today, genetics is the leading source of scientific promise. Since James D. Watson and Francis Crick uncovered DNA’s structure in 1953, a massive amount of available genetic data has been identified, and novel forms of scientific organization and modes of working have emerged. As a result, genetics has brought science to the brink of a new era of enlightenment, in which individuals are understood in terms of the relationships among their unique genomic data.

This movement – the latest incarnation of the endless quest for human advancement – poses new challenges to the relationship between science and society. As the American Museum of Natural History provocatively asked at the 2001 opening of its genetics exhibition: “The genomic revolution is here – are you ready?”

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:04 PM

"As tragédias que podemos prevenir, as injustiças que podemos prever". São estas as coisaas que nos devem manter acordados de noite, as que nos devem procupar no mundo em que vivemos.

 

Sabemos que nao podemos mudar o mundo por nós, mas sabemos que o mundo só muda se todos dermos o seu contributo, no sentido certo, no momento adequado, com a energia que é preciso.

 

A promessa da ciência e da nova revolução que se aproxima na área dos genomas (uma tendência) deve-nos por a discutir, porque é isso que se espera de uma humanidade voluída.

O que queremos? Até onde estamos dispostos a ir? 

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DNA laser printing heralds new day for genomics research

DNA laser printing heralds new day for genomics research | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Our abilities in sequence-reading have been improving along an exponential curve since pretty much the day we published the molecule’s structure, and in that time we’ve made our reading about a hundred thousand times more efficient. It used to cost about $0.01 to sequence a base pair; now it costs about $0.0000001. Synthesis, on the other hand, used to cost about $3 per base pair; now it costs roughly $0.50.
This week, though, a talk by Cambrian Genomics at a DARPA-funded event brought widespread attention to a technology that promises to make DNA synthesis thousands of times cheaper, potentially offering the first real price drop the process has ever seen.

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