DNA Hacking

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"We're heading into an era where people will be writing DNA programs like the early days of computer programming..."

- Drew Endy, MIT. [1]


John Robb:

"the tinkering networks we see in the software industry will be mirrored in synbio. Further, the skill sets associated with synthetic biology will be as widely dispersed as software programming is today and the tools will be just as inexpensive/ubiquitous." (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2007/12/journal-dna-hac.html)

Using BioBrick standard biological parts, a synthetic biologist or biological engineer can already, to some extent, program living organisms in the same way a computer scientist can program a computer. The DNA sequence information and other characteristics of BioBrick™ standard biological parts are made available to the public free of charge currently via MIT's Registry of Standard Biological Parts.[2]

More Information

  1. Rick Weiss on synthetic biology, at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/16/AR2007121601900.html?