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When we look at the world through the eyes of Unsung Heroes we see undreamed of possibilities.  More and more we appreciate the incredible number of nominations submitted from around the world in the five ADESTE categories: Humanities, Social Justice, Arts, Technology and Medicine.  The nominees of The ADESTE Gold Medal remind us of how many wonderful people are doing amazing things from corner to corner in this chaotic world.  Also, we are reminded that the most important aspect, the heart, of ADESTE, is to discover “the 40 and under” Unsung Heroes who “outperform” in a globe of billions.


Jo Lee Magazine And Its 21 World Voting Members Of Adeste Present With Pride

2018’s 14th Annual Adeste Gold Medal Laureate



Dr. Xavier Duportet

Lyon — France

28 Years





Dr. Xavier Duportet




Meet the 28-Year-Old Geneticist Fighting the Future of Superbugs. 


The World Health Organization says by 2050, infections caused by ultra-resistant bacteria will be the leading cause of death, but this French scientist may have found the solution.



Young Frenchman Xavier Duportet has decided to substitute the “weapons of mass destruction” that can be current antibiotics, for “snipers” that work more precisely.  The PhD in Synthetic Biology from INRIA (France) and the Massachusetts Institute of 

Technology (USA), is designing a new type of medicine able to eliminate specific bacteria and leave the other intact.


Duportet cofounded in 2014 the company Eligo Bioscience (formerly PhageX), a spin-off from MIT and the Rockefeller University (USA), where, together with his partner David Bikard, he has developed a system that involves genetic edition techniques and nanotechnology. 


On one hand, they use nanoscopic to take a fragment of synthetic DNA to a specific type of  bacteria.  On the other hand, they apply CRISPR technique of DNA edition, selected as one of the 10 Emerging Technologies.


Thanks to this, they are able to cut part of the genetic material of these bacteria killing or deactivating them, while leaving intact the rest of microorganisms that make up the flora.


The gene splicing technology is one of the great scientific advances of our day and, it has a tremendous potential in eliminating mistakes in babies.


“I played lots of construction games with my pet ants.  I’d build mountains out of food and watch them collect it all.  I built them roads and labyrinths with Legos.”


Xavier grew up in Lyon, France, where he began playing the piano at three, read a lot of Jules Verne novels—which made him dream about incredible machines—practiced sports, and played for hours in his garden.  It was during those long hours outside that he started getting interested in ants. 




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