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Awesome Video Explains Synthetic Biology

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Synthetic biology today is as easy as selecting a DNA sequence and ordering over the Internet. Imagine what it will be like in 5-10 years.

A succinct, yet powerful animation titled "Synthetic Biology Explained" shows the incredible potential of this emergent field and how engineering will transform the field of genetics to produce some truly amazing technology. With the sequencing of the human genome and the increased understanding of genes that have followed, unraveling of the genetic code had led to mastery of genetic manipulation. Now, synthetic biology is poised to take these principles and combine them with engineering and computer technology to usher in an era of programmable biological systems that have the potential to transform a vast array of industries, including agriculture, medicine, ecology, pharmaceuticals, and materials science.

Capturing the excitement and promise of a diverse field is a challenge, but Australia-based agency Bridge8 does a fantastic job, as you can see:

Recently we covered the SynBio Startup Launchpad at Singularity University and included this video at the end to offer some perspective about the field. But this animation summarizes such a vast body of research in an easy to understand presentation that it deserves its own post. Public understanding of scientific ideas and technologies, which can often be complex, benefit hugely from polished videos like this, and so we look forward to more of what Bridge8 can produce. You can also check out the team's other projects covering critical thinking, synthetic meat, and regenerative medicine on their YouTube channel.

[Media: Bridge8]

[Source: Bridge8]

David J. Hill

Managing Director, Digital Media at Singularity University
I've been writing for Singularity Hub since 2011 and have been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. My interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but I'll always be a chemist at heart.

Discussion — 4 Responses

  • Chrontius June 12, 2012 on 12:49 pm

    Don’t just drop a mention of that “Kliver” technology and not even link to a three-sentence blurb, that’s not cool!

    • David J. Hill Chrontius June 12, 2012 on 1:52 pm

      Only mention I could find of the “kliver” was in a National Academies book called “NAKFI Synthetic Biology: Building a Nation’s Inspiration: Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries”

      p. 40: “An Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) team comprising scientists in biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, and chemical, biological, and electrical engineering arrived at the 2009 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference on Synthetic Biology to consider how synthetic biology might best harness the power of cellular collaboration.”

      p. 43: “For instance, group members proposed the idea of a “kliver,” a kidney-liver hybrid. An independent “kliver” could help filter bio-compounds out of drinking water. It could conceivably grow from an easily-shipped sample of a few cells that would regenerate when needed. One could also imagine how a riff on both organs’ detox capabilities and the liver’s ability to synthesize proteins could benefit a human body”

  • Ivan Malagurski June 13, 2012 on 9:30 pm

    Cool video…