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" Cells will die in minutes to days if they lack their genetic information system. They will not evolve, they will not replicate, and they will not live. "
" We can now diagnose diseases that haven't even manifested in the patient, and may not until the fifth decade of life - if at all. "
" I willed myself through a junior college to a university and, ultimately, a Ph.D. "
" I am confident that life once thrived on Mars and may well still exist there today. "
" Most people don't realize it, because they're invisible, but microbes make up about a half of the Earth's biomass, whereas all animals only make up about one one-thousandth of all the biomass. "
" My genetic autobiography can be found throughout my body. "
" Accuracy in the genetic field will be essential. Errors in testing could be disastrous. "
" Life is a DNA software system. "
" Society and medicine treat us all as members of populations, whereas as individuals we are all unique, and population statistics do not apply. "
" I turned 65 last year, and each year I get more and more interested in human health. For most people it happens around age 50, but I've always been a slow learner. It's critical in terms of the cost of health care. "
" I was a surf bum wannabe. I left home at age 17 and moved to Southern California to try to take up surfing as a vocation, but this was in 1964, and there was this nasty little thing called the Vietnam War. As a result, I got drafted. "
" The fact that I have a risk genetically for Alzheimer's and blindness is not great news. But the reality is that any one of us will have dozens of these risks, and what we have to learn is how to deal with them. "
" Energy is probably the most pressing demand on our planet. "
" I am not sure our brains and our psychologies are ready for immortality. "
" I have a blend of klotho gene variants that have been linked with a lower risk for coronary artery disease and stroke and an advantage in longevity. "
" The environment has fallen to the wayside in politics. "
" Genetic design is something we can use to fight the lack of sustainability we humans are forcing on the earth's environment. "
" My complaint is that there are more books and news articles than there are primary scientific papers. I am probably the biggest critic of the hypesters, because it's dangerous when fields get overhyped. "
" It appears that the human genome does indeed contain deserts, or large, gene-poor regions. "
" Nobel prizes are very special prizes, and it would be great to get one. "
" People want to protect the territory that they have, and they're very threatened by change. That's not true for all of scientists, but you know, fortunately, the scientific community moves forward in a conservative fashion. "
" People equate patents with secrecy, that secrecy is what patents were designed to overcome. That's why the formula for Coca-Cola was never patented. They kept it as a trade secret, and they've outlasted patent laws by 80 years or more. "
" Intellectual property is a key aspect for economic development. "
" Since my own genome was sequenced, my software has been broadcast into space in the form of electromagnetic waves, carrying my genetic information far beyond Earth. Whether there is any creature out there capable of making sense of the instructions in my genome, well, that's another question. "
" Right now, oil is being isolated around the globe, and there is a major effort in shipping, trucking and otherwise transporting that oil around to a very finite number of refineries. Biology allows us to make these same fuels in a much more distributed fashion. "
" There are enzymes called restriction enzymes that actually digest DNA. "
" Traditional ways of distinguishing populations are irrelevant in terms of genetic code. "
" I think from my experience in war and life and science, it all has made me believe that we have one life on this planet. "
" A doctor can save maybe a few hundred lives in a lifetime. A researcher can save the whole world. "
" It turns out synthesizing DNA is very difficult. There are tens of thousands of machines around the world that make small pieces of DNA - 30 to 50 letters in length - and it's a degenerate process, so the longer you make the piece, the more errors there are. "
" The gene 'klotho' was named after the Greek Fate purported to spin the thread of life, because it contributes to longevity. "