panel • January 2013
The hottest new field in biotech is synthetic biology: Scientists can now re-program life at the cellular level, similar to writing a computer program but in the quadrary language of DNA. Syn-bio experts (also known as bio-hackers) are re-programming the DNA in viruses and creating novel life forms that can replicate and grow just like natural single cell organisms. This godlike technological power raises significant questions about morality and safety.
Joining Robert Tercek in the discussion are Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Research Scientist with the Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group at Autodesk, and Dr. William Hurlbut, Physician and Consulting Professor at Stanford University.
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