At Forbes' Techonomy 2011 meeting held in Tucson, Ariz., this week, Singularity University's Andrew Hessel called synthetic biology "one of the most powerful technologies in the world," contributor Alyson Krueger reports. "We're going to make synthetic human genomes and edit them, and we’re going to end up with IVF technologies that can boot them," Hessel continued.

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