John Smart will give a talk, Chemical brain preservation: How to live "forever" at World Future 2012 in Toronto.
Halcyon Molecular is a very innovative biotechnology startup based in Redwood City, California, USA. The company was founded by Michael and William Andregg, two brothers who co-invented a revolutionary method of sequencing DNA by directly imaging nucleotide bases using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Halcyon Molecular is presently perfecting the commercial implementation of this technique, with the goal of drastically reducing the price of DNA sequencing to a point where everyone can afford to have their full personal genome on file and available for patient-authorized use. It is difficult to overestimate the ramifications that ubiquitous full-genome sequencing could have on the present practice of clinical medicine and medical research. The ability to improve our present knowledge in and approaches to cellular and molecular medicine, and to develop far more patient-personalized approaches to disease management, preventive medicine, and lifespan extension could be enormous.
Halcyon Molecular has built state-of-the-art electron microscope facilities as part of industrializing of their DNA sequencing process. They have graciously offered to let the Brain Preservation Foundation utilize some of these electron microscopy facilities to perform the large-scale imaging that will be needed to evaluate potential winners of the Brain Preservation Technology Prize, a sponsorship that will significantly decrease competitor's costs of competition. We thank them greatly for this generous contribution to the cause of whole brain preservation science and technology.
Below is an electron micrograph taken on one of Halcyon Molecular's scanning electron microscopes (a Hitachi s5500) of a slice of mouse cerebellum tissue prepared using standard chemical fixation and staining procedures.
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BPF In The News
Brain Preservation Foundation
Neuroscience – and the Future of Humanity – Interview with Ken Hayworth.
Fri, October 19, 2012
Brain Preservation Now!
Tue, July 31, 2012
Thur, July 26, 2012
Discussion of BPF at the World Future Society conference.
The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality.
BPF is featured on Season 3, Ep 6, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, available via iTunes at this link.
Robin Hanson on why he's supporting the Brain Preservation Foundation.
An Update from Competitors for the Brain Preservation Foundation's Technology Prize.
A Connectome Observatory for Nanoscale Brain Imaging. Ken Hayworth's teleXLR8 talk, Kurzweilai.net article.
The Brain Preservation Technology Prize on the cover of Cryonics Magazine.
The Brain Preservation Technology Prize is mentioned.
Mind's circuit diagram to be revealed by a mammoth map. Article discusses BPF Brain Preservation Technology Prize.