Craig Venter - DARPA Keynote.
Very interesting 25 minute keynote talk by Craig Venter at a recent DARPA session. Informal and engaging, Venter weaves through the recent history, current status, and future directions of DNA sequencing, genomics, and synthetic biology.
You'll be surprised at the current capabilities of a very few organisations building out the edges of what is possible. Recall Gibson: The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed yet
and project volumes, cost reduction, miniaturisation, maturation, and decentralisation.
One of a number of highlights includes a working device able to read a specification and print out on demand DNA, RNA, proteins, etc, and which they have tried to wrap in security to prevent "printing" ebola for example. But this device already exists; it's only a matter of when, not if, you'll have a device in your home able to program and synthesise novel living systems, vaccines, and biomolecules. #syntheticbiology #craigventer #genomics