“We are moving toward a borderless world in which electrons and electromagnetic waves will carry digitized information here, there and everywhere. Borne upon those waves of information, life will move at the speed of light.”
Recognized explicitly by Venter, the “real prize” is the development of the biotech century’s designer bacteria, which shall be “tailored to deal with pollution or to absorb excess carbon dioxide or even meet future fuel needs” (p. 77-78). With the world disadvantaged regions facing an inadequate supply of fuel – the most precious resource heralding all economic activity – it is time for the greater numbers of humanity to embrace the infinite pastures of synthetic biology. No book makes this case better than Life at the Speed of Light.
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