Tal Danino is featured in Cool Hunting 25, a showcase, presented in partnership with Cadillac, of 25 creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.
Programming bacteria to sniff out and treat cancer may sound like something out of science fiction, or at least the future, but it’s exactly what Tal Danino is doing right now. A bioengineer, TED Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at MIT, Danino specializes in manipulating the DNA of probiotics to turn them into a diagnostic and treatment tool. “What we can do inside the lab is use machines that print different DNA sequences,” he tells CH. “Each of those sequences encodes for a certain function of the bacteria. So we’re programming many genes that interact with one another and have a functional behavior.”