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Can synthetic biology protect us from coronavirus? And the next one?
The National Institutes of Health hopes synthetic biology can engineer vaccines that outperform nature.
The first coronavirus vaccines will enter Phase 2 testing soon but won't be ready for another 18 months.
Synthetic biology may offer a "universal coronavirus vaccine" that can be quickly modified to combat future mutated forms.
Despite promising lab tests, synthetic vaccines remain speculative; we'll need to live with COVID-19 during the interim.
To develop a coronavirus vaccine, synthetic biologists try to outdo nature
Although the Gates Foundation is spreading its bets among several cutting-edge vaccine platforms, including those using genetic material, one based on synthetic biology has real promise. “We may need an approach that can get you millions and even billions of doses,” said immunologist and physician Lynda Stuart, who directs the foundation’s vaccine research. Gates announced last month that it will funnel $60 million to Covid-19 research, including vaccines.
A vaccine created through the tinkering of synbio looks not only scalable to a level of billions but also like it will work without the need for refrigeration.
Craig Venter Will Teleport Your DNA
We have been digitizing DNA sequences in genomes. I call that digitizing biology. When we want to create synthetic life, we start with that digital information the DNA and the chromosome and create synthetic life forms from it, which we can then recapitulate. In fact, as the title says, we can send all of this digital information at the speed of light.
One day we will be able to send digital information and then recreate biology at the other endor, as I say, conduct "biological teleportation." This could mean downloading medicine such as insulin from the Internet directly into a 3D printer in your home. When the H1N1 flu pandemic struck, it took about nine months to get vaccines to some places. With life at the speed of light, we could send the digital information for the new vaccine around the world in less than a second. Then every place with a digital decoder could download the vaccine. And with the first synthetic cell, we can actually send living bacterial instructions and recapitulate that at the other end. But that's just now. It's going to advance very rapidly.
originally posted by: Mandroid7
This is neat!!
Almost as cool as "cloud storage" for my benefit!!
originally posted by: Illumimasontruth
a reply to: FormOfTheLord
What a clever way to disguise DNA manipulation. I'll pass on that violation, or mark. Bill is trying hard. Not everyone will be fooled.