Juan Enriquez: Using biology to rethink the energy challenge
Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.
Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes
Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there's still one minor drawback ...) and the potential is simply stunning.
Steward Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready ?
Craig Venter: On the verge of creating synthetic life
Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo ... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.
"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.
Birger Lindberg Møller: Plant Power--The ultimate way to go green
Synthetic biology is a new movement setting the hearts and minds of scientists across the world on fire. But really plants, and not scientists, are at the center of this movement: They can help us think completely out-of-the-box for solutions to the challenges we as a global community are facing in the move to a biobased society.
Lisa Nip: Synthetic Biology In Space
Molecular and synthetic biology have made better tools for the understanding of our bodies, the treatment of human diseases, the production of our food sources, and the engineering of life on Earth. How can we transform and implement these methods in the preparation for our species's necessary voyage to space within and beyond our solar system?
Drew Endy: Synthetic biology--What should we be vibrating about?
Drew Endy is an associate professor of bioengineering and member of the faculty of the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Drew Endy helped start the newest engineering major, bioengineering, at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford.