Tag Archives: DNA

CureTogether

I invested in CureTogether in 2009. 23andMe acquired the company in 2012. I was the sole investor. The outcome was predicted on day one and expected to take 2 years – it took 3. By applying Exponential Thinking this investment was successful because of two key trends: 1. Crowd Sourcing – collecting phenotypes 2. Genetic Sequencing […]

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Solve Energy

Energy is the source of many world conflicts. We are a society based on fossil fuels, a non renewable resource with climate implications. With Exponential Technology we can change all that. It’s hard to truly appreciate the power of technology to turn an industry upside down, but this is exactly what happened with Natural Gas. […]

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Solve Cancer

Cancer is a terrible burden. 1 in 2 will get it, 1 in 3 will die. Cancer is caused by changes or mutations in your DNA. A mutation occurs when a DNA letter is changed, deleted or inserted. With the wrong changes a cell can begin copying itself uncontrollably. The gas pedal may be stuck on […]

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Solve Aging

Aging is the number one cause of dying. In the modern world the average lifespan today is around 80. The Japanese, Swiss and Italians have the longest lifespans. In worldwide rankings, Canada ranked #11 and the USA #40. Thinking Exponentially, huge strides in increasing average lifespan have been made. From 38 in 1850, 59 by 1930, 68 by 1970, […]

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Frankenstein’s Cat

I had the distinct pleasure of reading the recently released Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes. Its a fun light read on how Synthetic Biology will impact animals and humans. Frankenstein’s Cat is a great deep dive into the world genetics:  gene manipulation, engineering lifeforms and synthetic life. Emily does a great job in getting across the […]

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The $1,000 Genome

Reading DNA is the fasting growing technology – ever. In The $1,000 Genome by Kevin Davis, he jumps into how we went from the $1,000,000,000 to a soon to be $1000 Genome. More importantly he explains the role of DNA sequencing in the era of personalized medicine. DNA Sequencing is a technology still in its […]

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What is Protein

Yes, that is a plate of tofu. It’s made of proteins – the same proteins that make you. You are literally a massive collection of proteins, they are the building blocks of every cell in your body. Proteins are created from the instructions found in DNA called genes. In total there are 23,000 genes in each […]

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What is DNA

In leveraging DNA it helps to know how the stuff works. It’s remarkably simple yet generates every living thing around you. From a simple code nature has created effectively infinite combinations. It only takes 5 minutes to learn but you will gain a deep understanding of the process of life and be a hit at […]

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Exoms, Genomes, SNPs

The various techniques to read DNA are not equal. I want to give you quick overview of each approach and the major companies. If you need a quick recap to What is DNA, now would be a good time. There are three primary ways to read DNA. SNPs, Exoms and Genomes. In all cases the […]

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Get SNPd!

In my humble opinion, the best $100 investment you can ever make is to get yourself SNP’d. No scissors involved. UPDATE: In November 2013, 23andMe was ordered to stop selling genetic testing kits by the FDA. Currently a much more limited product is available. SNP DNA testing is a process by which your DNA is scanned looking for […]

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