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Biology Is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life Paperback – April 15, 2011
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“Carlson clearly frames a fresh future for biotechnology. Each chapter, from technology trends to property rights and biosecurity conundrums, invites close reading and vibrant discussion.”―Drew Endy, Stanford Bioengineering & The BioBricks Foundation
“Since Rob Carlson is THE authoritative tracker of progress in biotech, this book is the most complete---and exciting&mdashchronicle&mdash of the technological revolution that promises to dominate this century.”―Stewart Brand, Author of Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto
“In this new book, bioengineer Robert H. Carlson forecasts the rise of the cell and the subsequent emergence of biological techniques for making fuels, synthetic DNA that builds new organisms, and reverse-engineered viruses for making vaccines. Biologists, Carlson says, are the new engineers, and the future is in remodeling life as we know it.”―Wired
“[Carlson] presents an informative view of the future prospects for biotechnology and its regulation.”―Michael A. Goldman, Nature
“Biology Is Technology is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the current state of biotechnology and the opportunities and dangers it may create.”―Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, American Scientist
“A thoughtful attempt to put what we think we know about biotechnology into a larger context, by a physicist-turned-bioentrepreneur.”―The Economist
About the Author
- Publisher : Harvard University Press (April 15, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0674060156
- ISBN-13 : 978-0674060159
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.65 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Keasling's entire engineered metabolic pathways to iGEM to Amyris's new fuel producing bacteria, the author has an excellent and informed perspective on the breakthroughs that are worth thinking about.
The author also describes in detail the difficult morass of patent and copyright law concerning biotechnology. His description of CAMBIA's "walled garden" is better than any I have read, even in books exclusively about open-source biotechnology. (Although there is currently only one, Biobazaar).
His description of garage biotechnology is sparse, mainly due to the above morass, and it would have been nice to have more details on the LavaAmp, this author's most recent work, which is a very cheap, reusable PCR device.
This book goes by fast, and is a must read for anyone looking to start or invest in a small biotechnology company, or anyone who wants to do it themselves.
- it is a little repetitive .. Could be a tad shorter or cover more ground. For example, it would be interesting to see a new edition that covers some of the issues surrounding the difficulty of getting reproducible result (and the corresponding emergence of software and hardware that addresses this)
- it is a little dated .. The field moves so quickly that many significant, recent developments are missing.
Still .. Well worth reading. Rob Carlson writes well and has a rare gift for putting the emerging field of synthetic biology in a proper, well defended, well articulated technological, economic and social context.
Table of Contents:
1. What Is Biology?
2. Building with Biological Parts
3. Learning to Fly (or Yeast, Geese, and 747s)
4. The Second Coming of Synthetic Biology
5. A Future History of Biological Engineering
6. A Pace of Change in Biological Technologies
7. The International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition
8. Reprogramming Cells and Building Genomes
9. The Promise and Peril of Biological Technologies
10. The Sources of Inspiration and the Effects of Existing and Proposed Regulations
11. Laying the Foundations for a Bioeconomy
12. Of Straitjackets and Springboards for Innovation
13. Open-Source Biology, or Open Biology?
14. What Makes a Revolution?
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read it if you havent kept urself upddated with utube talks or research papers....