Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering


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[H]e told them that he thought it would be cool if they re-engineered cells from electric eels into a source of alternative energy. Eventually the students scaled down that idea into something more feasible, though you would be forgiven if it still sounded like science fiction to you: they would build an electrical battery powered by bacteria. This also entailed building the bacteria itself — redesigning a living organism, using the tools of a radical new realm of genetic engineering called synthetic biology.


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Humans have been taking advantage of the unique technological opportunities afforded by biology for a good long time; what with our domestication of animals and agricultural methods and whatnot. Bioengineering seems an extension of that long-term trend, that I don't foresee it leveling off anytime soon. Things will get weird.