Category: synthetic biology

Games in Our Biotech Future

To make biotech a game, as suggested by Freeman Dyson‘s essay, Our Biotech Futures, requires a deep understanding of cellular processes and enough artificial intelligence to accurately translate DNA in real time. Even if faulty, inaccurate, or dangerous, the game must make it fun to play with a DNA sequence that is translated into amino […]

Biofabricate 2014

Q. What are the ways you can tell a good event from a great event? A. The people. The presentations. And the fact that no one wants to leave. Early in December, I attended the first Biofabricate conference at Microsoft’s NYC office. Organized by Biocouture’s Suzanne Lee, SynBioBeta’s John Cumbers, and Microsoft’s Tereza Nemessanyi, the event […]

What!? DNA Extraction and Replication in Captain Underpants? Yes, It’s True.

I love it when my boys are exposed to the next generation of biotechnology in fiction. So I was surprised and very happy when I came across a mention in Dav Pilkey’s “eleventh epic” Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000. This section even involves DNA extraction and replication, with mention […]