Since Jason Hope is known as a futurist and philanthropist, it’s clear that he enjoys following technological advancements and the way they can shape the future of mankind. However, people sometimes assume this always relates to devices and computer systems. They imagine things like water-powered cars, research trips to space, and compact Internet servers that are faster and more powerful than their predecessors.
While all of these things are important, the reality is that many technological advancements that are being made are in the medical field, and they could have the biggest impact of all on humanity. One look at Hope’s Twitter account shows just how interested he is in these developments and how invested he is in following and assisting with their progress.
For example, one of the most recent articles Jason Hope has posted has to do with stem cell research. It’s long been known that stem cells are a sort of blank slate. They can be used in skin grafts and many other treatments. They adapt and become other cells, and they can virtually become any cell that is needed within the human body. That’s why they’re so terrifically important to the medical field, as they could be used to cure an incredible array of issues.
This article, though, shows that there are still risks with stem cells. Not all of them take on the correct form. Some stay undifferentiated, and there’s a chance, if they were put into the patients who needed them, that they could become tumors.
Researchers may have found a way around it, though. They can “zap” the stem cells with light waves. To do so, they introduce a specific dye to the culture. It ignores the differentiated cells, which are useful, and just dyes the undifferentiated ones. The researchers can then use light to kill those cells. What they’re left with is a culture that contains all of the beneficial stem cells and none of the risk. This research has been carried out in South Korea.
The fact that Hope enjoyed the article and wanted to share it tells you two key things about him. The first is that he really embraces the medical field and sees the possibilities there. The second, though, is that he’s interested in the risks. Jason Hope wants to learn about the downsides. He knows that these things can’t be ignored, and that studying these risks is the best way to advance any technology in a positive direction. This is why Jason Hope uses his own money to issue grants to students and entrepreneurs looking to make a difference in the technology field.
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