Machines and biology, is there really a difference?

PhysOrg wrote: "Much of the research focuses on reprogramming cells by changing their DNA. In this way, researchers are working to engineer biology much as they engineer high-tech machines, creating new and environmentally friendly fuels and less expensive and more potent drugs and biological therapies. Some such approaches utilize successful solutions found in nature as inspiration for designing artificial systems."

Joshua Leonard, from the Northwestern #synbio group, said: "There are many signs that synthetic biology will usher in the next big technological wave, driving innovation and economic activity just as we saw at the dawn of the information age."


Note also how E. coli is being reprogrammed to create gold nanowires, quantum dots, and reprogrammed bio-machines can communicate with each other:
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