Synthetic Biology: Engineering life



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Studium Generale TU/e



Our ability to engineer life has taken such a flight that we can genetically reprogram living cells and organisms to adopt new functions. This pervasive new technology affects processes beyond imagining and over incredible length scales. From yoctogram (10^−24 gram) to exagram (10^18 gram), we have improved by 30 million-fold the quality of reading, writing, and editing complex molecules both at the scale of single atoms and of 10 sq. km. ecosystems. These configurations are not only new (nearly infinitely rare), they exist in millions of nearly identical copies -- replicated complexity.


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