Welcome to the Neobiological Revolution

If you’re like us, you’ve slogged through scientific journals and rummaged through mainstream news sites and surfed countless health portals and blogs in your quest to make sense of the story you know is fundamentally the most important one today: how biology and technology are coming together to help us all live healthier, happier and longer lives.

The Digital Revolution brought us to this point, where brain mapping, genome sequencing, gene editing, 3-D printing, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just feasible, but breaking out all over the planet, in research and garage labs, food labs, fitness centers, mindfulness retreats, fertility clinics, and retirement communities.

That’s why we created proto.life: to report from the front lines of this Neobiological Revolution, and to provide what we all crave, which is context and meaning, and a community for you, the amazing people making it happen. You are the leaders, pioneers, and early adopters of the science, the tools, and the ideas that are changing our world and our species.

But this is 2017 and media is undergoing its own profound mutation. We don’t have a magic publishing algorithm we’re going to hit you with. Instead, we’re going to experiment. Each week, you’ll get something new in your inbox. It might be a long-form story, or a few short ones. It might be a video or a Q+A or a podcast. Our goal is to surprise and delight you, to share what we’re discovering, and to test and learn as we go.

First up — a three-part story about a world record-breaking diver, the genes that may or may not explain his success, and a company racing to fill in the gaps of our genomic knowledge at affordable prices.

proto.life is starting small — for now, there are just a few cells here in our petri dish. But we’re going to grow, and we’ll need plenty of nutrients along the way, so please feed us your questions, suggestions, criticisms, and introductions. Homo sapiens is seizing the future of the species, and we want to get it right!

Please join us on this remarkable adventure. It’s going to be a helluva ride.

Jane Metcalfe, Founder

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