Ultima Genomics Claims the $100 Genome and Raises $600M to Go Even Lower

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In 2014, genomic sequencing giant, Illumina, announced that their new machine could sequence whole human genomes for $1,000 per genome. It was a significant milestone for a technology that cost some $95 million per genome when it arrived early this century. Illumina now dominates the industry; but this week, we learned it has some serious new competition. Ultima, ...

In Its Greatest Biology Feat Yet, AI Unlocks the Complex Proteins Guarding Our DNA

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AI has done it again. After solving one of the grandest mysteries in biology—predicting protein structure—it decoded how proteins link up into complexes, and dreamed up novel protein structures that may ultimately be turned into drugs to control our basic biology, health, and life. Yet when faced with enormous protein complexes, AI faltered. Until now. In a ...

Do what you love, is no longer just advice

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High school students learn early on that their future careers should be passion-driven. Self-help books counsel job searchers to start with reflection on what they love. And Hollywood films teach people, in romantic fashion, to aspire to work that is intrinsically satisfying and expresses our authentic selves. Researchers call this way of thinking about work […]

The Metaverse Is Money and Crypto Is King – Why You’ll Be on a Blockchain When You’re Virtual-World Hopping

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You may think the metaverse will be a bunch of interconnected virtual spaces – the world wide web but accessed through virtual reality. This is largely correct, but there is also a fundamental but slightly more cryptic side to the metaverse that will set it apart from today’s internet: the blockchain. In the beginning, Web 1.0 was the […]