George M. Church: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
George M. Church: Regenesis — How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics
Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired - Moderator
We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. When humans can control the genetic makeup of organisms to the extent foreseen by synthetic biologists, renowned molecular geneticist Church believes, nature will no longer be the exclusive arbiter of life, death and evolution. Church will discuss where these technologies came from and where they're going.
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