Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"Biology is a technology for processing information, materials, and energy. As a technology platform, biological systems provide access to artifacts and processes across a range of scales (e.g., the ribosome is a programmable nanoassembler, a bamboo shoot can grow 12” a day). Biology also forms the basis for human welfare (e.g., modest amounts of memory and logic, implemented as genetically encoded systems, would directly impact biological research and medicine). However, our ability to deploy biology as a technology and to interact internationally with the living world is now limited; the charge to our study was to begin to specify enabling technology that, if developed, would provide a general foundation for the engineering of biology and make routine the creation of synthetic biological systems that behave as predicted.”
--Drew Endy, 2003


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