Jim Collins is pioneering the field of synthetic biology at Boston University, and is doing some really amazing stuff. This work will no doubt be integral to the future of science and technology, and our very lives.
Boston University’s Synthetic Biology “Dream Team”
As biologists continue the decades-long race to map the genomes of living things, a dynamic group of BU engineers is asking the kind of questions that engineers can’t help but ask: what if we built a different genome? Known as synthetic biologists, they believe that with some skillful genomic tweaks, living organisms, such as enzymes, cells, and microbes, can be put to work doing things that are too dangerous or not even possible for higher life forms like ourselves.
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