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The Implications of Synthetic Biology

The Implications of Synthetic Biology

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Soap Box. There's no mistaking Drew Endy's profession: "I like to make things -- that's what I do." From his engineer's perspective, the slow and painful methods of bioengineering demand a solution. Endy hopes to refine the tools necessary to move the field forward. "We're going from looking at the living world as only coming from nature, to a subset of the living world being produced by engineers who design and build hopefully useful living artifacts according to our specifications," says Endy. Thirty years ago, scientists figured out how to use enzymes to cut and paste genetic material, leading to recombinant DNA technology. But the techniques involved are painfully slow, requiring very specific physical materials and "know-how via the... Show More

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