January 31, 2019

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5 Things to Know for JANUARY 2019

Happy New Year… Did you miss us? 

  1. Working with middle school STEM students, Precision BioSciences launched the world’s first genome editing experiment into space this past December. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, the cargo will be delivered to the International Space Station where astronauts will perform the experiment using Precision’s proprietary, next-generation genome editing technology, ARCUS. (Derek Jantz & James Smith, School of Medicine)
  1. Predigen, formerly Host Response, is a molecular diagnostics company creating a new generation of tests for infectious and inflammatory diseases. It expects to have a first product in regulatory review by the FDA sometime in 2022. One of its first products will likely be a test to help clinicians do a better job of differentiating bacterial from viral infections. (Ephraim L. Tsalik, School of Medicine)
  1. Junsang Kim(Pratt, ECE) co-founded IonQ on the premise that ‘trapped ion quantum’ computing could outperform the silicon-based quantum computers that Google and others are building. Now, it does. IonQ has constructed a quantum computer that can perform calculations on a 79-qubit, or quantum bit, array, beating Google’s previously held title efforts of 72-qubits. This means it can handle longer calculations than other commercial quantum computers. 
  1. HiFidelity Genetics (HFG) has raised $8.5M in Series A funding to improve plant breeding using artificial intelligence. HFG is a computational crop breeding company that uses data science, advanced sensors, and large scale DNA sequencing to change the breeding paradigm from a brute force numbers game to predictive, precision data science. Arthur Moseley (SOM, Medicine) and Phil Benfey (Trinity, Biology)
  1. Researchers at Pratt have developed a new approach to multicolor holography that could be used to make 3D color displays. This lens-free holography method could bring color 3D displays to augmented reality glasses and smartphones on a very thin structure–such as glasses projecting into the pupil or a smartphone onto a wall.