Global Economist & Bestselling Author. Board Member: 3M Corporation, Chevron, Conde Nast & Oxford University Endowment investment committee
Co-founder of Colossal, a company whose mission is to turn Earth into a better state. Speaker George Church is an expert in synthetic biology, which allows the creation of new species of organisms by deliberately altering part of their genomes. Organizations book George Church to learn about the future of genomics and synthetic biology, engineering technologies for reversal of aging, and the technology of the future.
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Science speaker George Church is PersonalGenomes.org’s Director and teaches genetics at Harvard Medical School. PersonalGenomes.org is a website that offers publicly available information on Environmental data, Human Genomic, and Trait data. In 1984, the first-ever methods for molecular multiplexing, direct genome sequencing, and barcoding were seen in his Harvard PhD. Ten years later, the first genome sequence was obtained as a result of his methods.
George’s discoveries have influenced almost every method and company that dealt with “next-generation” genomic sequencing. This, together with stem cell engineering and chip-based DNA synthesis, led to the creation of other application-based businesses in the sectors of therapeutics, synthetic biology, and medical diagnostics. Among his other accomplishments are the development of biosafety, new privacy, and biosecurity and environmental policies. George Church is also in charge of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. Among George’s accolades is the Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science. There are 60 patents, 370 papers, and a book under his name.
In his book Regenesis, George explores synthetic biology and its potentials. Synthetic biology allows the creation of new species of organisms by deliberately altering part of their genomes.
In 1984, speaker George Church created the Genome Project, enabling people to share their traits, genes, and environmental data with other individuals globally. In 2005, he launched the Harvard University Personal Genome Project. This aims to sequence and publish medical information and genomes of 100,000 individuals so that their data can be available to the general public.
George is part of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, where he aims to use his human genome expertise for brain research. The initiative’s goal is to learn as much as possible about the brain to progress neuroscience while also developing new treatments for brain illnesses.
Church has appeared on numerous tv programs, including Charlie Rose, NOVA, and The Colbert Report. He has also worked as an advisor for 22 biotech businesses, 12 journals, and 5 granting agencies.
In 2021, he co-founded Colossal, whose mission is to turn Earth into a better state. Furthermore, Church is aiming to create a hybrid of an Asian elephant and woolly mammoth by adding three genes from mammoths into Asian elephant cells.
The role of genomics in personalized medicine: Genomics is the study of an individual's genome, or the complete set of genetic material that makes up an organism. By understanding the genetic basis of diseases, researchers can develop personalized treatments that target specific genetic mutations or variations. Dr. Church discusses the current state of genomics research and its potential to revolutionize the way we approach healthcare.
There are a number of approaches being developed to extend human lifespan or reverse the effects of aging. These include genetic and molecular therapies, as well as lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise. Dr. Church discusses the current state of research in these areas and the potential for these strategies to have a significant impact on human health and longevity.
The pursuit of life extension technologies raises a number of ethical concerns, including issues related to resource allocation and overpopulation. Dr. Church addresses these concerns and discuss the potential societal implications of these technologies.
Dr. Church provides an overview of the current scientific understanding of the brain and its functions. This includes discussion of the role of genetics, epigenetics, and environmental factors in brain development and function.
There are a number of approaches being developed to enhance brain function, including genetic and molecular therapies, as well as lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise. Dr. Church discusses the current state of research in these areas and the potential for these strategies to have a significant impact on brain health and performance.
Genomics is the study of an individual's genome, or the complete set of genetic material that makes up an organism. By understanding the genetic basis of diseases, researchers can develop personalized treatments that target specific genetic mutations or variations. Dr. Church in his keynote discusses the current state of genomics research and its potential to revolutionize the way we approach healthcare.
He talks also about the potential applications of synthetic biology, such as the creation of new drugs or the engineering of microorganisms for environmental cleanup. He addresses the potential risks and ethical concerns associated with this field.
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