" Design does not only serve industry and economic growth; good design enables citizens and society and should serve the common good."
The UK's Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (SBLC) has published the new Synthetic Biology Strategic Plan 2016: Biodesign for the Bioeconomy. Further information and online version of the printed report are available here).
Biologists and engineers should work together: synthetic biology reveals how organisms develop and function, argue Michael Elowitz and Wendell A. Lim in Nature 468, December 2010.
Our increasing understanding of what makes something ‘alive’ ultimately holds the promise of creating life-like machines. The ability to cross from non-living components to life questions some of our cultural notions of what constitutes nature and natural systems. Would a laboratory assembled cell fall outside of what is considered natural, even if it displays the same functional features of contemporary life? If not, how would the inevitable evolution of the organism change how we perceive its status?
Thursday October 28, 8 pm, with Sascha Pohflepp, Sheref Mansy, Lucy McRae and Koert van Mensvoort.