by Andre on 14 January 2006
I saw a great overview talk yesterday by Drew Endy from MIT. He talked about approaching biology from the point of view of an engineer rather than a scientist. Cellular systems are very difficult to understand compared to designed systems like circuit boards probably because “being understandable” never offered a survival advantage to developing organisms. How would one change these cellular systems to be more like a circuit board? Endy outlined one possible approach in his talk and also in a review in Nature that is freely available from his site. For someone outside the field he did a good job of getting me interested in synthetic biology. The possibilities are astounding.