“I'm fascinated by the idea that genetics is digital. A gene is a long sequence of coded letters, like computer information. Modern biology is becoming very much a branch of information technology.”

For most of human history, “it’s in your genetics” was an explanation for nearly anything that happened to a person’s health. But with stunning breakthroughs in recent years, scientists can now not only calculate the biological age of a cell, but they can reverse it’s age almost back to zero.  And this isn’t just theoretical: mice have had vision restored using this technology.  In addition, researchers are now able to target specific parts of our DNA to turn genetic switches on and off. This is done using mRNA (messenger RNA) which can deliver instructions to the DNA. The first widespread use of mRNA was not to alter genetics, but the Covid vaccine, which instructs the cell’s DNA to manufacture solitary molecules of the virus, triggering the body to create an immune defense response.  This same type of approach holds promise in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases and dysfunctions.  So how close are we to designer medicine, and what other applications might there be?

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Pietro Boselli, PhD, is a mechanical engineer and teacher, specialising in Mathematical Modelling and Analysis.

He began modelling when he was discovered by Giorgi Armani at age 6, and since then has been featured by brands and magazines including GQ, Equinox Fitness, Emporio Armani EA7, Attitude, Vouge Hommes, Abercrombie & Fitch, and has been shot by photographers including Bruce Weber, Giampalo Sgura, and Ollie Ali.

Pietro’s interests in fitness led to his innovative YouTube strength training channel being viewed millions of times, and the launch of his own fitness-oriented fashion line Pietra Design.

A Facebook post by one his University of London engineering students went viral in 2015 and led to his being dubbed “the world’s sexiest math teacher”, to which Pietro replies, “I model the fluid thermodynamics of wet steam flow”.

Rational mind is the continuation of that philosophy: using the global platform he has been gifted to help millions of curious people discover more about how their world works, and how to think about it.

For RATIONAL MIND, Pietro chose to collaborate with ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT, the Emmy-nominated creators & executive producers of BRAIN GAMES, BRAINCHILD and the WHO SMARTED? podcast. Pietro And Atomic's founders, Jerry Kolber and Adam Davis, all share the belief that critical thinking, science and enabling discovery are the keys to making the world a better place.

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