"Synthetic biology is the realm of creating life from scratch."

Bioengineering is almost a thing

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Sat, May 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Futurism has this piece on Synthetic Biology, a process for creating biological systems that "do not exist in nature," which promise the ability to create a variety of products — from drugs, to fuels, to organs — while raising some interesting ethical questions.

“Synthetic biology companies are now becoming more like the disruptive, industrial-scale value propositions that define any technology business,” he told Reuters. “The things that sustain and accelerate this industry are today more effective, lower cost, more precise and more repeatable. That makes it easier to extract disruptive value.”

Experts met in London during the first week in April for a global synthetic biology conference. This meeting came only four weeks after researchers revealed they were almost finished synthesizing the entire genome of baker’s yeast. This is significant in that yeast is a eukaryote, and its cells contain nuclei — just like ours. The yeast project has proven that large-scale DNA manipulation is possible. In practice, the scientists working on the project have treated the process as if they were “decoding” it, thereby learning to work with a novel programming language that has four chemical building blocks (A, C, G, and T) rather than 1s and 0s.

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