Austen Heinz, is the founder and CEO of Cambrian Genomics,who has shared with the public some incredible news , CG(Cambrian Genomics) are developing hardware and systems for laser printing DNA of living organisms. Before we get to exited in a sci-fi tangent of thought we should get into some details first. this is incredible and has many practical applications for the future and implications.
At the time of writing the current challenge for synthetic biology is that despite scientists now having the potential to create new organisms that can do infinite number of things, the short term cost of synthesizing DNA has been prohibitively expensive. all that is about to change, Presently researchers in the industry order or clone over a billion dollars worth of DNA each year. Austen is developing his company’s technology to change this problem in a big way, he now has a way to provide a new technique to synthesize DNA 10,000 times cheaper than any known technology. One of the difficulties with DNA synthesis is error correction during fabrication to make the correct sequence of A, T, G and Cs – which represent the building blocks of DNA.
Cambrian Genomics have solved this problem by fabricating billions of strands simultaneously, quickly and cost effectively. Their technology optically sequences the strands and then selects the correct DNA sequences using a fast-moving laser.
The company's plan really is to create the print button for biology in order to 'democratise' creation and enable researcher's to literally write code for living organisms. This is fascinating and of course creates some scary perspectives on how this could be used.
. According to Austen the applications of this technology has the potential to be used for personalised medicine, such as cancer treatments, or even bringing back extinct animals using the available DNA code recovered from the fossils. its early on in this technology development , but just like more popularised known forms of 3D printing out there we have seen how fast this kind of tech develops.
As a writer and researcher I can not emphasis enough when i say '3D printing will leave no aspect of human life untouched'
As 3D printing tech evolves past A mere one material set per print into meta material's
(multiple materials per print into a set matrix to generate intelligent materials and or materials that would not be possible by other conventional means) we might end up seeing advances in wearable technologies with multi-functional attributes,In theory there are many advances that could happen with this. From hydrophobic materials that stay dry to fabric that self repairs! for now I will leave rest to your imagination.
The possibilities really are endless but the cost and time is of course an implication. In the previous article I hinted at atomic level 3D printing. Well how about sub atomic,which would be a quantum level of manipulation.
Technological progress almost never travels on a linear direction but instead goes on an exponential curve, meaning that as time goes by the rate of progress on any technology increases exponentially instead of linearly. 3D printing has been slow in progress and is older than most think but it does fall into this exponential progress category. We have seen many leaps of progress within the last few years alone–and if one quantum materials researcher, Jennifer Hoffman, has her way, we may be on the verge of an incredibly rapid advancement within the industry.
Hoffman is a former professor of physics at Harvard University, she later joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in quantum materials and devices based on oxide heterostructures. At her new position she aims to create a research program that focuses on combining and creating new quantum materials with atomic precision. To take things a step further she is trying to create a method of 3D printing incredibly tiny objects, which can be measured only on an atomic scale.
Of course this may sound like fiction and even a little insane ,however For those unfamiliar with the world of quantum materials, these are materials which are not yet completely understood, even by some of the most advanced scientists. The everyday laws of classical physics cannot explain the almost 'spooky' interactions found within such materials, which can possess incredibly useful magnetic and electronic properties. However The exploratory minds project always seeks to try and offer a relatively reasonable perspective on such things that are not understood in a bigger picture or how the quantum level does have attributes related to the macro. In short we believe the universe and everything in it is 1 thing. there is no separate aspects like space then there's matter. That is an illusion via our perceptions, we claim instead that matter is an extension of the space itself.
These views while in the current climate and time of writing are very different and controversial are often explained in better terms with more details in our videos and articles we recognise that these perspectives are rare in mainstream and so there is much to write about. Offering new perspectives instead of 1 singular view point is far better than using things like a silly big bang theory which never satisfiably backed itself up for decades and never will in many peoples opinion, and while also sounding like a religious miracle, its almost paranormal that it was never slated much earlier in its false acceptance. bear in mind mainstream views the quantum level as almost paranormal too or to quote einstein on quantum entanglement , he described it as 'spooky action at a distance' , but that is only because there is something they are misunderstanding. We breath a sigh of relief though that such things are now being excluded from physics. There is a lot of fragmentation though and heated debate. And so its all the more important to revisit older physics mantras and see how that became just that. a mantra and not a true analysis or scientific discernment.
Ok after all this rant, to bring us back to the matter at hand