Already a high potential for the largest biology breakthrough of the year: the creation of a new synthetic lifeform called JCVI-syn3.0. Craig Venter, the Elon Musk of biotech, has developed the smallest genome in the world. Syn3.0 is a life form that consists of only 473 genes, which is about 50 less than its natural counterpart, and represents the bare minimum of requirements for an organism to live.
Author: Duuk Baten
So here it starts, my quest into biotechnology. Our project aims at mapping and understanding biotechnology and its development process (for more info: our introduction post, our about page). In my thread within this project the focus will lie on research and engineering. Our future is being shaped by decisions made in labs. Nature and technology have never been more linked than in the current development of biotechnology. Let’s dive into what makes biotechnology so revolutionary! What is it exactly?