Forbes contributor Ted Greenwald envisions a promising future for synthetic genomics. As "commercial labs are redesigning industrial organisms such as yeast," while "students in MIT's synthetic biology program are coding microbes using Lego-style biological components known as BioBricks, and DIY clubs are doing heaven knows what," Greenwald says he expects it won't be long before researchers are using genomics to engineer, among other things, "algae that produce carbon-neutral fuel. Bugs that filter polluted water. A new generation of biodegradeable materials. Crops that thrive in salty, dry, or flooded soil."
'Heaven Knows What'
Oct 19, 2011