from GizModo Website
The promise of synthetic biology:
Paris-based startup Glowee wants to tweak genes of common bacteria
so that they are bioluminescent, thereby creating
a potential alternative light source for future cities.
Instead, we could grow our furniture by custom-engineering moss or mushrooms. Perhaps glowing bacteria will light our cities, and we'll be able to bring back extinct species, or wipe out Lyme disease - or maybe even terraform Mars...
biology could help us accomplish all that.
It's a passion project of entrepreneur
Bryan Johnson, founder of OS Fund and the payments processing
There's a good selection of featured voices in the video.
You've got pioneers like Harvard's George Church and Drew Endy of Stanford University mixed in with visionaries like,
He hopes the series will inspire young people in particular to build that visionary future world.
Not everyone is as big a fan as Johnson of synthetic biology and these other cutting-edge fields. Progress brings both promise and potential peril, after all. In 2012, more than 100 environmental groups issued a manifesto calling for a global ban on the use of synthetic organisms commercially until better regulations and safety measures are in place.
Even strong proponents of synthetic biology acknowledge that there are many philosophical and ethical that need to be addressed regarding this rapidly evolving field.
But synthetic biology is here to stay. It's up to us to make sure that it's used responsibly.
Be sure to check out the first two videos in the series as well: