Tuesday, January 24, 2006
From Biotech to Nanotech
The ETC Group
just sent out an announcement
about discussions they are part of at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela
"A panel discussion with Pat Mooney (ETC Group, Canada), Andres Barreda, (CASIFOP, Mexico), Elizabeth Bravo (Accion Ecologica, Ecuador), Edgardo Lander (Universidad Central de Venezuela), Silvia Ribeiro (ETC Group, Mexico)... will focus on the social, economic and environmental impacts of biotech on local communities and what we can expect with the advance of nanotechnology - the manipulation of matter, both living and non-living, at the scale of atoms and molecules.
There's also a workshop on "Biopiracy, Human Genomics and New Technologies" that "will include presentations and debate on the human Genographic Project (IBM and National Geographic), Craig Venter's global expedition to "sequence the genome of the seas," the creation of novel life forms (synthetic genomics) and the implications of the global effort to collect human DNA through the "HapMap" Project."
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Synthetic Biology and Aesthetics
An article in the NYT
, via We Make Money Not Art
Synthetic biologists are designing and manufacturing "complicated biological circuitry:" bacteria that blink on and off like Christmas tree lights, bacteria that reproduce photographic images, circuits of biological parts to sit in the body's cells and guard against cancer, microbes that produce hydrogen for use as fuel.
GE Salmon in 2008?
The ZDNet blog has a post about genetically engineered salmon
that could be approved by the FDA and on the market in two years. The salmon in question is produced by Aqua Bounty and is "designed" to mature faster through the insertion of another fish's DNA (the ocean pout).