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a genomics (r)evolution?

Peter DiamandisDr.Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.

Humanity is moving from evolution by natural selection (Darwinism) to evolution by intelligent direction.

For most of human history, our average age was only about 26 years old.

We would procreate at age 13, live just long enough to help our children raise their children, and then, on average, die at age 26 (so we were no longer taking food from the mouths of our grandchildren).

It was through technological innovation — sanitation and germ theory — that we moved life expectancy from 26 to the mid 50’s. Recently, because of modern medicine’s progress in treating heart disease and cancer, we’ve bumped up today’s global average human lifespan to 71 years.

But this is just the beginning.

Advances over the next 10 to 15 years will move life expectancy north of 100.

This blog is about advances in reading, writing, and building elements of the human body.

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Reading – Sequencing the Human Genome

Your genome is the software that runs your body.

It is composed of 3.2 billion “letters,” or base pairs, that code foreverything that makes you “you” – your hair color, your height, your personality, your propensity to disease, your lifespan, and so on.

Until recently, it’s been very difficult to rapidly and cheaply “read” these letters and even more difficult to understand what they do.

In 2001, my friend and Human Longevity Inc. co-founder Dr. J. Craig Venter sequenced the first complete human genome. It took about a year and cost $100 million.

Since then, the cost to sequence a genome has been plummeting exponentially, outpacing Moore’s Law by almost 3x (take a look at the graph below).

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(Figure: The cost of genome sequencing drops 3x faster than Moore’s Law)

Today, the cost to sequence a full human genome is about $1,000.

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