14 October 2008

Synthetic Biology and its position in US

Just another sad sign that many folk in US is moving away from the science field.

LiveScience features an article about synthetic biology and comments on the lack of knowledge, within US, to this dynamic field.

Synthetic biologists engineer and build or redesign living organisms, such as bacteria, to carry out specific functions. The field is a scientific playground for the genetic code, where previously nonexistent DNA is formulated in test tubes.

Sadly, money-laden movie makers, looking for the next big disaster movie, are going to the most likely group to jump on this idea and conjure up an alarmist flick, boasting gargantuan explosions, wide scale demolitions and of course, a rampaging mutant animal.