Thursday, February 18, 2010

Synthetic biology for dummies

"Stephen Davies, a synthetic biologist and venture capitalist who served as a judge at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, compares the buzz around the field to the advent of steam power during the Victorian era. 'Right now,' he says, 'synthetic biology feels like it might be able to power everything. People are trying things; kettles are exploding. Everyone’s attempting magic right and left.'

The New York Times explores do-it-yourself genetic engineering.

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