A primer on synthetic biology, which is destined to become the new IT industry, where cells are the information processors and DNA is the programming language. The functionality of organisms is similar to that of computers. All of the biotechnology advances have developed from the ability to read the DNA code, gene sequencing and the writing of genetic codes.
With enzymes that can split DNA and others that can glue DNA strands, literally cut and paste, you are on the brink of being able to play god. "If you can write DNA code, you're no longer limited to what IS but to what YOU can make." Once the speed of DNA sequencing hits 10 million base pairs per hour at a cost of $100 or less, then any organism can be genetically engineered from scratch for next to nothing.
"An ultimate dream is to press a button and have the design translated to DNA sequences that can be synthesised and put to work IN living cells" Scary stuff liking opening up Pandora's box and very dangerous in the wrong hands.
And on a lighter note, Andrew Hessel reminds me of Geoff Goldblum in Jurassic Park but instead of predicting disaster, he is the messiah of the new technology.