Biotechnology 101 Slides for Singularity University

Biotechnology 101 for Singularity University

As many of you are aware, I recently gave a talk at the very prestigious Singularity University.  This is a program co-funded by NASA and Google to study how exponential technologies can solve the global challenges that afflict 1 billion people or more.

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Biotechnology 101 for Singularity University SLIDES

The 2011 Graduate Studies Program or GSP11 as it is known among the Singularitans, is a 12 week program where 80 of the brightest and most accomplished individuals from over 35 countries have assembled at NASA AMES to learn the exponential technologies in the following areas

Technology Tracks AI & Robotics
Networks & Computing Systems
Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
Medicine & Neuroscience
Resource Tracks Futures Studies & Forecasting
Policy, Law & Ethics
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Application Tracks Energy & Ecological Systems
Space & Physical Sciences

I was lucky enough to be invited to give them the basics of Biotechnology and Genomics and for those of you that are interested, my slides are posted above.

Research on Neanderthal Genome Wins Affymetrix Sponsored Prize at AAAS

First reconstruction of Neanderthal man

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This evening, my very good friend Candia Brown (@divacyntst), Director of Strategic Product Marketing at Affymetrix,  awarded the Newcomb Cleveland Prize to Svante Paabo, Richard Green and David Reich for their ground breaking work on the Neanderthal Genome.

The award was presented to them at the AAAS meeting in Washington DC and is annually sponsored by Affymetrix.

This incredible work was done at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig which delivered the first draft, of approx 60% of the neanderthal genome sequence which came from 38,000 year old bones from Vindija cave in Croatia.

Analysis of the genetic sequence lead to the ground breaking conclusions of the study, that neanderthals interbred with  modern day humans.  Consequently, between 1-4% of modern day human DNA came from Neanderthals, evidence that we all have a little caveman in us!