TEDx UOttawa - Mads Kaern - Engineering Biology

"Synthetic Biology is a leading-edge science and engineering discipline and will be one of the dominant industries of the 21st century. Based on advancements in DNA synthesis and manipulation technologies, Synthetic Biology is an evolution of genetic engineering towards the creation of new, artificial lifeforms that can be used to manufacture new materials, biofuels, medicines, vaccines, and many additional industrial and consumer products. Because Synthetic Biology at its core relies on extensive manipulation of DNA material, or even the use of entirely man-made genomes, the advancement of the field has ignited a fierce debate about whether its tremendous potential benefits can be realized in a safe and ethical manner."