Sebastian Kraves: The era of personal DNA testing is here
Sebastian Kraves - Biotech entrepreneur
Sebastian Kraves wants to bring DNA science to more people in new places. Full bio
in the Philippines.
sole source of income --
one pig coughing and sneezing
coughing and sneezing,
has taken over your farm.
in the blink of an eye.
and take samples
back into the city
in their central lab.
you'd hear back the results.
for infection to spread
those samples themselves.
and swab their pigs' noses and mouths
in a tiny tube,
that will extract genetic material
smaller than a shoebox,
from the swine flu virus,
visualize the results.
of personal DNA technology.
test DNA ourselves.
the carries genetic instructions
viruses have DNA too.
inform how our bodies develop,
can trigger disease.
molecule, the DNA double helix,
thousand letters long.
a question based on DNA,
the whole phone book
of genetic information.
by so much other DNA,
is copy the target gene,
and millions of copies,
against the rest;
as simple as it sounds,
to detect and address disease,
with deadly bacteria.
of these machines in court
or guilty based on DNA evidence.
in Chemistry in 1993.
has been confined to the ivory tower,
this same technology accessible
and friend of mine,
to more people in new places.
if I had shown you this picture in 1980.
my Aunt Glenda from the car
to make dinner reservations
to celebrate together.
you'd be ordering her gift.
Auntie Glenda on Facebook.
while sitting on the toilet.
where new technology might take us.
for personal DNA technology today.
truffles for a living.
in his hands, on one of his farms.
growing on the roots of living trees.
7,000, or more dollars per kilogram.
can be really high.
to grow on his farms,
of knockoffs --
like the real thing,
the highest quality truffles,
all over the world will fight over,
at that black truffle risotto again
can also save human lives.
at the University of Cambridge.
broke out in Western Africa,
lacked the basic tools
up to a week to come back --
and the families who are suffering.
into Makeni, Sierra Leone.
into a pop-up tent
and diagnose the virus
at his lab in the UK
and over 90 percent humidity here.
personal DNA machines
in front of the air-conditioning unit
an extreme place for DNA analysis,
more extreme environment:
the International Space Station,
250 miles high.
at 17,000 miles per hour.
and sunrises every day.
our bodies can do funky things.
our immune systems get suppressed,
to the DNA of astronauts
to this immune suppression,
called "Genes In Space,"
to test this hypothesis
aboard the International Space Station.
on April 8, 2016, in Cape Canaveral,
to the International Space Station.
to the International Space Station,
carried out her experiment --
aboard the International Space Station,
the mark of a child genius.
within the reach of every one of you.
with a personal computer
with more than one billion users.
living in this reality.
of their suburban Chicago home.
made of PhD scientists.
doing fun, creative things.
at a private equity firm.
he experiments with DNA
from the backyard garden.
that they had picked,
putting it in a test tube,
for genetically engineered traits.
is like the chemistry set
be diagnosing genetic conditions
a point in history
get hands-on with DNA
information from it.
that profound transformation
to a select few in the ivory tower,
of every one of us,
plugged into the wall by cords,
faster than our imagination.
with DNA -- today.
About the speaker:Sebastian Kraves - Biotech entrepreneur
Sebastian Kraves wants to bring DNA science to more people in new places.
Why you should listen
Dr. Sebastian Kraves co-founded the Cambridge-based start-up miniPCR to help bring DNA analysis technology to the masses. Kraves was previously a principal at BCG, where he spent more than six years working on health care challenges, such as how to make biomedical technology accessible in sub-Saharan Africa. A molecular neurobiologist who trained at Harvard, Kraves has published research on optogenetics and the genetic regulation of behavior, but is now focused on his dream to make DNA analysis tools accessible to everyone, everywhere.
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