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Ginkgo Bioworks: Organism Engineering at Scale

Ginkgo Bioworks: Organism Engineering at Scale

ORGANISM ENGINEERING AT SCALEWe’re making biology easier to engineer.We believe biology is the best manufacturing technology on the planet. But it’s hard to engineer biology well—evolution is four billion years ahead of us, after all.  At Ginkgo we’ve built our foundries and codebase so that we can better learn from and design with biology.FOUNDRIES ARE…

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Pathways to Cellular Supremacy in Biocomputing

Pathways to Cellular Supremacy in Biocomputing

AbstractSynthetic biology uses living cells as the substrate for performing human-defined computations. Many current implementations of cellular computing are based on the “genetic circuit” metaphor, an approximation of the operation of silicon-based computers. Although this conceptual mapping has been relatively successful, we argue that it fundamentally limits the types of computation that may be engineered…

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How Silicon Valley wants to fuck with our brains

The Study of the Human Brain

Introducing his students to the study of the human brain Jeff Lichtman, a Harvard Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, once asked: “If understanding everything you need to know about the brain was a mile, how far have we walked?” He received answers like ‘three-quarters of a mile’, ‘half a mile’, and ‘a quarter of…

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What’s the Healthiest Food?

What’s the Healthiest Food?

Illustration: Benjamin Currie (Gizmodo)Giz AsksGiz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.The first thing to realize is that new-year resolutions are a self-defeating sham inimical to the process of real and lasting change. The second thing to realize is that you…

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Science For All

Science For All

I’m a 6th grader in Westwood, Massachusetts.  My favorite subject is science. My interest in science began in 1st grade when I decided to participate in my school’s science fair. As I researched ideas for a fair project, I was fascinated by how much there is to learn about the world around us. I tried…

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