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Biology 2.0: When Biology Becomes Synthetic 3x53

After the dramatic advances in genomics, 21st century biology is heading for a revolution: synthetic biology. The consequences are huge, but the potential applications are promising. We can now program cells to fight bacteria and resistant infections and to become bio-sensors which monitor the metabolism in cases of diabetes or obesity. From genetic engineering to bio-hacking to new bio-materials through the environment and medicine, synthetic biology could usher in an era of greater efficiency, cheaper costs and lower pollution. But we can also program DNA with catastrophic consequences: for example, the FBI has a biological counter-measures unit within the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Biology 2.0 discovers what nature would never have made and what man is in the process of creating.