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Weaving his way through a virtually invisible and widely unknown world of microscopic cells and futuristic technology, Autodesk’s genetic engineer Andrew Hessel is working to fight cancer on a new level: a personalized, affordable one, using 3D printed oncolytic viruses, which literally break cancer cells apart.

He makes fighting cancer sound very simple with the idea of viral engineering, which encompasses using software to design and make viruses — and 3D print them. Obviously, there is quite a body of research and work that goes into making that a reality.

Quite satisfied with the label of ‘biohacker,’ Hessel is a genetic engineer, a cell and genetic biologist, whose research is incomprehensible to most. “I think cancer is actually a fairly easy disease,” says Hessel.

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