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The Tomorrow Project is an International Program that explores our possible futures through fact-based, Science-based fiction and video conversations with Scientists and Science fiction authors, legends and world renowned experts, passionate advocates and everyday people.
Science fiction gives all of us all a language so that we can have a conversation about the future and these conversations make dramatic changes.
On today's topic Designer, Researchers and Scientists Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Christina Agapakis and Patrick Boyle are in conversation with Intel Consumer Experience Architect - Futurist Brian David Johnson about Synthetic Biology.
Synthetic Biology is a new area of Biological Research and Technology that combines Science and Engineering. It encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies, and disciplines with a variety of definitions.The common goal is the Design and Construction of new Biological Functions and Systems not found in Nature.
The Scientists who engage in Synthetic Biology research approach the creation of new Biological system from different perspectives, focusing on finding how life works (the origin of life) or how to use it to benefit society.
The former focus includes the approach of Biology, inserting man-made DNA into a living cell; and Chemistry, working on gene synthesis as an extension of Synthetic Chemistry. The latter focus includes Engineering, building the new Biological System as a platform for various Technologies; and rewriting, rebuilding the natural systems to provide the Engineered surrogates.
The advance of synthetic biology relies on several key enabling technologies provided at ever increasing speed and lower cost. DNA sequencing, fabrication of genes, modeling how synthetic genes behave, and precisely measuring gene behavior are essential tools in synthetic Biology. Enjoy the video!
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