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Lecture: Biology by design

Jul 10, 2009 video

Boston University Professor James J. Collins delivered the 64th annual University Lecture before an audience of more than 500 Boston University students, staff and faculty on October 21, 2008. The annual University Lecture honors faculty engaged in outstanding research.

Synthesizing life. Creating life. Franken-microbes. Engineers run amok in molecular biology labs.

Headlines such as these are appearing with increasing frequency as synthetic biology emerges, scaring and exciting people. Here I hope to give a sense of what synthetic biology is, what it's not, where it came from, and where it's going...

(For a transcript of the speech click here for audio, click here)

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