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Synthetic biology - the breakthrough of the decade

Synthetic biology changes our lives as profoundly as the internet did. As you remember, self-taught hackers and gamers contributed to the development of the latter. We see history repeating - Many breakthrough innovations in synthetic biology come from ordinary people - from self-taught biologists and chemists.

Synthetic biology is a new scientific field that brings together engineers, physicists, molecular biologists and chemists in order to use engineering principles to connect bio-molecular components - genes, proteins and other components - to form structures and networks. These updated structures are supposed to reprogram living organisms, giving them new properties.

Chicken eggs that will never give a life to a chicken, but come with an almost-ready omelette  inside (only a pinch of salt needed!); meat with certain dietary properties that can be obtained without the slaughter of animals.

We have animal-spies, whose hearing and vision is transmitted to a micro-screen - these are just some of the possible "products" of synthetic biology.

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Will Longaphie Big Industry has long misled the American populations, destroyed environments, abused animals in food production... they have created food that is pure chemical, told us how good it was for us and produced a population of chronically sick and obese people. Companies have always found ways to abuse, mislead and lie. What makes you think this can't happen here? You open a door and a million companies find ways of abusing it in order to turn a profit. 06 Feb 2019
Vay You want a unicorn? Here you are! A Pegasus? Enjoy! You want a deadly virus with the potential to wipe out all of humanity? Wait... 06 Feb 2019
DJ DRAGON What you don't see, is that this system can work like a camera implanted in an animal's eyes. This may be possible, but reproduction in animals will not continue this. Only adaptation can achieve this. Synthetic biology is a good thing, but with drawbacks. Hackers that are skilled - if they get into the networks - can cause a serious trouble. This is a good idea, but not something to toy around with - play with. 06 Feb 2019
DJ DRAGON What you don't see, is that this system can work like a camera implanted in an animal's eyes. This may be possible, but reproduction in animals will not continue this. Only adaptation can achieve this. Synthetic biology is a good thing, but with drawbacks. Hackers that are skilled - if they get into the networks - can cause a serious trouble. This is a good idea, but not something to toy around with - play with. 06 Feb 2019
DJ DRAGON sorry, that was an accident. 06 Feb 2019