Vaccinations Will Be Arriving Via Email?
November 9, 2012 in Health
“Craig Venter, the über-DNA jockey who quietly sequenced the human genome using his own DNA, then made “synthetic life” by outfitting a gutted bacterium with homemade genes, says his next trick will be emailing biological molecules, using 3D biological printers. The move that could revolutionise healthcare – and biological warfare. Venter discussed the idea at last week’s Wired Health Conference in New York – although it was somewhat overshadowed by his audacious plan to sequence Martian DNA and beam the results back to Earth. Long before that sci-fi can be realised, though, bio-printers could more plausibly be used to shuttle vaccines around our planet. This makes lots of sense. If you can email troops the 3D instructions for printing a replacement gun part, then you can email macromolecules – as long as you have a printer that can deposit a repertoire of nucleotides, sugars and/or amino acids where they belong, and link them up chemically.”
Craig Venter is also the founder and CEO of “Sythetic Genomics Inc.” and the “J. Craig Venter Institute” (JVCI).