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Weird Science: The Promise and Peril of Synthetic Biology

“The eminent evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once said: “Our planet has always been in the Age of Bacteria.” But scientists’ rapidly accelerating ability to harness microbes and turn them into what the field of synthetic biology calls “platforms for industrial production” is entirely without precedent. We are witnessing a revolution in the biological sciences of a speed and scale that is dazzling to some, and more than a little frightening to others. Microbes are alive, and the implications of tinkering with them are almost entirely unknown.” Earth Island Journal has the story.

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