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This netcast explores the rapidly changing world of biotech, with a penchant towards getting a better understanding of who we are and where we are going. The living world will soon be a true substrate for engineering. Our world will change, and so will we. 
We bring a first hand account from the scientists that are moving us into this new technological era: the era of biotech. 

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    FiB Episode 008 - Dr. Drew Endy, Genetic Engineering 2.0: Synthetic Biology

    Dr. Drew Endy develops tools for engineers to design and build living organims...

    In this episode, Leo and I discuss the emerging field of Synthetic Biology with our guest Dr. Drew Endy. Dr. Endy is the Cabot Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT. A quote from him outlines well the topic of today's discussion:"We’re going from looking at the living world as only coming from nature, to a subset of the living world being produced by engineers, who design and build hopefully useful living artifacts according to our specifications" (MITWorld).

    This means that biotechnology is in a transition. Not only will molecular biologists continue to dissect the genome to improve our understanding of a living organism, but the parts (or genes) will be used to engineer novel organisms for a desired purpose or novel use. Synthetic biology is to genetic engineering what Web 2.0 is to the internet. This is truly biotech of the 21st century...

    PLEASE BEAR WITH US TOWARDS THE END OF THE INTERVIEW, as Dr. Endy's audio breaks up a little. We record these netcasts using Skype, and as you would expect, the bandwidth is heavily used by the faculty, staff, and students at MIT.

    And also thanks to the Band Gunther from Cyclone Records for the permission to use their song Wrecking Ball as a theme for this episode of FiB!

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    Reader Comments (3)

    why i can't download the mp3 file. some bugs? please check or fix as soon as possible!

    October 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Great episode, very interesting. But where are the links to the online lectures which you promised to post?

    November 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Marc-

    Incredible information in this episode - just wish the audio was better.

    November 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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