December 1, 2007

The Open Organism: Genetic Engineering in the Open Source Era

Imagine being able to create a new drought-resistant plant as easily as you write a Facebook app.

The scenario is not as far-fetched as it might seem. The techniques of computer science and engineering are moving into biology, and their business/production models are coming with them. As we wrote about the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, in which college kids built new GM E. coli, "[MIT researchers] want to make biological systems easy to build by applying the tools of computer science and engineering: using standard parts and modular design to simplify complex systems."

Link: Wired

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