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Sofia Sanchez

Not very familiar with cells, DNA, transcription, or translation? I’ve got you. If at any point you feel lost, feel free to check this quick resource

What is it though?

If you were looking for a clear, precise, and official definition of synthetic biology, I need to tell you the truth. As of now, there is none.

Isn’t this the most exciting point? Imagine working on something that is just being discovered. It’s said that biotechnology in general, is at the same point where technology was a few decades ago. …


It’s funny to think that we’re still human when the 39 trillion microbial cells inhabiting our bodies right now account for more than our human cells. Even more mind-blowing is to know that our guests digest food that we can’t, help our immune system, and even communicate with our brains.

Without falling into the causation v. correlation riddle, today we can be sure that the human microbiome has to do with many diseases which include diabetes, obesity, insomnia, depression, some types of cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV, and autism (just to mention the big names).

“Hold your horses, you haven’t even said…


Life’s a game

The Great Online Game

I could honestly spend hours talking about this single topic. Its meaning I’d already noticed, its name I learned it in this article. If I’m a good communicator, you will go back to this sentence and understand that I’m playing that game right now.


Look at your surroundings: your table, your clothes, your food, yourself, and other living creatures. What if we didn’t exploit natural resources to obtain them? What if that was profitable too? What if we could grow anything?

Inspired by Ginkgo Bioworks, I would say that this is one of the promises of synbio. The how is the second promise: biology is technology. Synthetic biology as a discipline is multidisciplinary, and aims to standardize biology so we can become biohackers; organism engineers and developers.

In a simplified manner, cellular agriculture involves differentiating and multiplying cells in the lab through various biotechnologies…


Check out tks.world for more info

No need to be a genius or live anywhere in particular. Only prior requirement is being a teen who’s curious and ambitious enough to learn, build, and 10x themselves in 10 months.

Learn and build what? Ok. If you’re already interested in anything like blockchain, AI, synthetic biology, 3D printing, gene editing, or IoT (just to name a few), then The Knowledge Society could be even more interesting.

What if you’re only interested in solving a problem like climate change, gender inequality, or cancer? That’s just perfect. …


Ray Dalio is a billionaire investor and co-chief investment officer of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, which he founded. He is the author of Principles, a book that I’d summarize as learning how to make better decisions and being in a constant growth mode.

Before reading the book, the name sparked curiosity in me. After reading it, it blew my mind. As a start, I would say that a principle can be a rule that you create for yourself to operate more effectively in life.

Ray noticed that life is a series of events which are many times…


If I actually turn this into an app, I should get a better name 🙈

What problem would you dedicate decades of your life to solving?

Personally, that’s a hard question to answer. It’s easier for me to simply work on interesting things. Having done research on the gut microbiome in the past, and having gone through a simple yet enriching Artificial Intelligence journey, I found out that I could intersect these two areas to build something “interesting”.

You’ve probably heard of the human microbiome in the past. It’s this community of trillions of microorganisms living in our mouths, skin, vagina, and yes: in our gut!

What are they useful for? What do they do…


Peter Thiel was the co-founder of PayPal, the Founders Fund, he was the first outside investor in Facebook, and also started the Thiel Fellowship for those young people willing to make an impact by taking the unconventional path.

Having watched other videos about his ideas and beliefs, I’ve found that the best source of knowledge is definitely his book: Zero to One. If I were to summarize it in one word, it would be unconventional.

Although many consider Zero to One to be a bible for startups, I think the lessons can be applied to life in general. …


Credits

If happiness is the ultimate purpose of human existence — or that’s what Aristotle would say — then are we over-complicating life? Shouldn’t everyone be happy by default?

We all know that there are some constrains that challenge the release of dopamine in our brains. In the era of bio and nanotechnology, does this mean that happiness is simple chemistry and thus we can hack it? Flow showed me that the answer is no.

Flow is not a personal development book at all. It’s rather the compilation of several studies made on optimal experience, from many different angles. …


When I say CNN, I’m really talking about a Convolutional Neural Network, not the news channel. That said, you don’t need to be an expert in programming or AI to build code that recognizes handwritten digits. That’s what I did.

My purpose for this article is to explain in simple words what it means to create a neural network. I’ll decompose technical terms, show you the 5 main steps that I followed, and explain how this basic project is the foundation for a huge part of the AI revolution.

In theory

In the past, we thought that machines couldn’t surpass human intelligence…

Sofia Sanchez

Developing & communicating biotech | BioEng, microbiomes, AI

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