Tuesday, August 5, 2014
#218 / Synthetic Biology
Do you think that maybe natural biology isn't good enough? How about replacing it with "synthetic biology?" Here is a link to an exceptionally easy to understand video on synthetic biology, referenced in a recent article by an apparent supporter of synthetic biology, Nathanael Johnson. Johnson writes for Grist, a "beacon in the smog," and he calls synthetic biology "The next front in the GMO war."
According to the video, synthetic biology is less about "biology" than it is about "engineering." The idea is that genetic engineers will simply be able to "print" out new DNA, according to their own engineering specifications. That synthetic DNA can then be placed into an already living cell, and off we go!
It appears that great advances are sure to be right around the corner, as human engineers step up their game and replace the inadequate "natural biology" brought into existence by the Creator of the Natural World. For those uncomfortable with that "Creator" concept, it would be possible to understand what's in store by simply dropping out the "Creator" part of this sentence, and to say that synthetic biology is on the road to replacing the inadequate Natural World.
Here's one final question: Does anyone need a refresher course on the "Precautionary Principle?"