The "Church Lab" at Harvard University in Boston, USA, is known worldwide as one of the most creative labs in the scene of molecular biology and genetics. George Church, 65, born alsPilotensohn on an air force base in Florida, put reason lagenfür the genetic decoding of the human and is strongly in favour of the techniques broadly applicable-currently, the fight against the pandemic.
FOCUS: Where can I reach you?
George Church : I am three months in Lockdown. But I'm working more and harder than before.The laboratory, which I direct, is conducting research on some aspects of Covid-19.", This Coronavirus is not an easy opponent,"
FOCUS: what are the chances that this year is a vaccine against the Sars Coronavirus-2 will come to market are?
Church: First of all, a vaccine has to work. But I don't want to promise. There are many hurdles in the Virology and derimmun technology. Who says that after a vaccination does not zumPhänomen the infection-enhancing antibody is coming, so proteins, which promote the uptake of the Virus into a Cell? A vaccine is not a way to build like a new iPhone. This Coronavirus is not an easy opponent.
FOCUS: Sieempfehlen a further strategy.
Church: We have a different tool in your Hand, the instruments for mass testing. The technology exists to verify millions, Yes billions of saliva samples in a short time, to assign those of infected persons identified zierenund each a single via bar code of the respective Person. Founder of nurse lbegriff for Next Generation Sequencing reads. This device are inconspicuous, but have tremendous capacity. You diepositiv tested persons temporarily under quarantine, careful contact tracing before undnimmt, the virus within a few weeks to eliminate. Germany - Your chances
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FOCUS: How to do this?
Church: The virus is required for new infections to Survive. If the Virus disappears, people get infected within that period of time you can infect others in the General Public keep away from, soon.Possibly, the elimination succeeds after three Test runs on a regional, national and finally global level."Test may only cost a Dollar"
FOCUS: In what intervals, and what costs would need to be tested?
Church: Weekly, daily, what is it like to organize.Maybe a fortnightly rhythm would be the most realistic.Each Test could cost in the end, only a Dollar.
FOCUS: Would have to expect't with resistance among the citizens?
Church: The greatest resistance shows the citizens at present, however, the Corona due to lose his job.
FOCUS: As a scientist and as an entrepreneur, you help to make the individual decoding of the human genome easier, faster and cheaper. What individuals has it?
Church: , The everyone should discuss with his doctor. It is different, if you take responsibility for the next generation to Generation. There are countless diseases whose Ursachein a faulty Gene is.
FOCUS: your lab is one of the Pionierenbei the Genschere Crispr/Cas9. Anyone could get in the foreseeable future a Nobel prize for it?
Church: it was recently for the genome editing, the the DNA of plants, animals and Humans changed in a targeted manner. Also Crispr/Cas9 is used. I do not think that in such a small distance a Nobel prize for one thing from the same area will be awarded.resurrection of the mammoth
FOCUS: you work on it,the extinct mammoth in the Arctic regions recovery can stehenzu. What is the meaning of this project?
Church: This is only a small part of what we do. But I, myself, have brought ausSibirien samples of six frozen, 43.000 years old Mammoth, and evaluated. The decisive Gene transfer in Asian elephants. They are very closely related to mammoths.If their offspring graze on the tundra floor, back turned he slowly in the grass landscape, he used to be.This mulch binds significantly more carbon dioxide.
FOCUS: it's all a climate protection project?
Church: To 99 percent, Yes. Perhaps, one day, upon also economically."Covid-19 is a terrible disease,"
FOCUS: you just spoke at the innovation conference DLD, Hubert Burda Media organizes, woauch FOCUS appears. Your round of discussions was held as a Webinar. The Trend towards video conferencing has also be Good?
Church: Covid-19 is a terrible disease. But events such as this pandemic can also be catalysts. I can currently be inone day in Boston, Germany and China are present. Such a thing is beneficial to the environment.
FOCUS: there Is already a lesson that you draw from the pandemic?
Church: , The Coronavirus is not the last, the us will deal with in our lifetime. There's a lot of other pathogens are still waiting. Our Chance is to change our Relationship with the environment. We should eat less meat.
FOCUS: you do without it?
Since 1973, I am vegan.
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