In this episode Constitutional Lawyer Leighton Grey and Christopher Mason have a conversation about how our genetic coding can help us to understand how to be healthier and avoid disease, how complex sequencing a genome is, and where all this incredible science will take us in the next 500 years.
Christopher E. Mason is a professor of Genomics, Physiology, and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is also one of the founding Directors of the WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction together with Olivier Elemento. Mason has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has been cited over 28392 times with an h-index of 71. His laboratory has also released 12 open-source software packages in genomics, epigenomics, metagenomics, and machine learning. In 2013, Mason launched the PathoMap project to create the first genetic map of a city.
This study led to the establishment of the International MetaSUB Consortium. Mason was a principal investigator for the NASA Twins Study. He also led the first demonstration of sequencing in zero gravity and designed the genomics and bioinformatics methods and experimental protocols that were used on the International Space Station (ISS) for the mission to sequence DNA in space for the first time.
Mason & Grey take a deep dive into the complex science of genome sequencing, using the knowledge of our genetic makeup to alter the course of history, and what the future looks like for all humankind!
To find more from Christopher Mason you can visit: www.MasonLab.net
This episode’s recommended reading:
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds – Christopher E. Mason
Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity – Toby Ord
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