By Britt Way
Synthetic biology is the most recent advancement in genetic engineering that modifies living systems for human ends, applying an "engineer's mindset" to the complexity of nature. From foods, fuels, and medicine to the resurrection of extinct species, the aim of synthetic biology is to replace the factory floor with the living cell. But how is it done? And what are some of the greater social, ethical, and environmental implications of our synthetic futures?
Britt Wray is a biotech researcher and science radio producer making programs for the CBC. Britt will lead a guided tour of the synthetic biology landscape in this talk. Her presentation is accompanied by selected excerpts from a forthcoming documentary film on synthetic biology from Field Test Film Corps that she worked on as an editorial assistant in Portland, Oregon.