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Thomas at Seven Stones is intrigued by a new Edge video of Drew Endy explaining his views on synthetic biology. "If I had to guess, I'd say we'll have a collection of tens of thousands of genetic objects that support reliable functional composition between ten and 15 years from now," says Endy in this synopsis. Or you can skip that and go straight to the video here.

 

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