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" 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. "
" 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. "
" The environment has fallen to the wayside in politics. "
" Society and medicine treat us all as members of populations, whereas as individuals we are all unique, and population statistics do not apply. "
" It takes 10 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef, 15 liters of water to get one kilogram of beef, and those cows produce a lot of methane. Why not get rid of the cows? "
" Sometime in the future, I am a hundred percent certain scientists will sit down at a computer terminal, design what they want the organism to do, and build it. "
" I have this idea of trying to catalog all the genes on the planet. "
" There's a lot of what I call 'bio-babble' and hype out there from a lot of bioenergy companies. "
" Creating life at the speed of light is part of a new industrial revolution. Manufacturing will shift from centralised factories to a distributed, domestic manufacturing future, thanks to the rise of 3D printer technology. "
" Organisms in the ocean provide over 40 percent of the oxygen we breathe, and they're the major sink for capturing all the carbon dioxide we constantly release into the atmosphere. "
" We're moving from reading the genetic code to writing it. "
" San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on the planet. "
" Genomics are about individuals. It's about what's specific to you, not your siblings, not your parents - each of us is totally unique. We will only see that uniqueness by drilling down to the genetic code. "
" Knowing what your parents have gives you hints of things, but your genome is a totally unique combination of and interchange of DNA from your parents. There is no one else like you genetically. "
" The photosynthesis we see with plants is not very efficient. Algaes are more efficient. "
" 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. "
" There's a constant debate over nature or nurture - they're inseparable. "
" Life was so cheap in Vietnam. That is where my sense of urgency comes from. "
" If I could change the science system, my prescription for changing the whole thing would be organising it around big goals and building teams to do it. "
" The day is not far off when we will be able to send a robotically controlled genome-sequencing unit in a probe to other planets to read the DNA sequence of any alien microbe life that may be there. "
" Darwin didn't walk around the Galapagos and come up with the theory of evolution. He was exploring, collecting, making observations. It wasn't until he got back and went through the samples that he noticed the differences among them and put them in context. "
" We need 10,000 genomes, not 100, to start to understand the link between genetics, disease and wellness. "
" The future of society is 100% dependent on scientific advances. "
" 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. "
" How we understand our own selves and how we work with our DNA software has implications that will affect everything from vaccine development to new approaches to antibiotics, new sources of food, new sources of chemicals, even potentially new sources of energy. "
" People think genes are an absolute cause of traits. But the notion that the genome is the blueprint for humanity is a very bad metaphor. If you think we're hard-wired and deterministic, there should indeed be a lot more genes. "
" A doctor can save maybe a few hundred lives in a lifetime. A researcher can save the whole world. "
" There is a long history of how DNA sequencing can bring certainty to people's lives. "
" My greatest fear is not the abuse of technology but that we will not use it at all. "
" Every single cancer is a genetic disease. Not necessarily inherited from your parents, but it's genetic changes which cause cancer. So as we sequence the genomes of tumours and compare those to the sequence of patients, we're getting down to the fundamental basis of each individual person's cancer. "
" Our genomes are evolving and changing every single day. "