At O'Reilly Radar, there's an interview with synthetic biologist Reshma Shetty, who's recently co-founded a company called Gingko BioWorks. The Q&A delves into what she's up to, how synthetic biology can do more good than harm, the potential for regulation, and how to get kids interested in a career in not just biotech but synthetic biology.

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