Enabling flourishing futures in partnership with life
What is synthetic biology?
Drawing from Ancient Greek σύνθεσις (súnthesis), meaning "a putting together; composition," Synthetic Biology (SB) explores and enables new forms of engagement with life and living systems, from the molecular to the ecological, from the cultural to the political. SB is as much about understanding life's fundamental mysteries as the translation of knowledge enabling a fully-biotic civilization flourishing in partnership with Earth. Stated differently, as we learn how to talk with and within living systems what do we wish to say? When we pause to listen anew what might we learn to hear?
All together now!
Stewart Brand, Stanford Class of 1960 (Biology), wrote,
"I propose six significant levels of pace and size in the working structure of a robust and adaptable civilization. [...] In a healthy society each level is allowed to operate at its own pace, safely sustained by the slower levels below and kept invigorated by the livelier levels above." (Long Now)
With pace-layer thinking in mind we are exploring and advancing synthetic biology (SB) among and across all aspects of civilization, inclusive of but not limited to biotechnology and bioeconomy. We also note that intrinsic to pace layers thinking is a bias towards the human, a concept we suspect may evolve along with SB. Thus, we have adopted a coupled-rings visual metaphor, in place of layers, for now.
Townshend, Kaplan, & Smolke report over 200 new RNA biosensors to potential drug molecules.
"What is synthetic biology and what is its potential? These stories explain." Megan Palmer's WEF Council partners with Faber Futures to explore and elaborate on inclusive futures.
"Building a Bottom-Up Bioeconomy," Stanford's Dr. Megan Palmer and colleagues make the case by reimagining industrialization.
"Mother Nature, Bioweapons, & Lab Accidents: Guarding Against the Next Global Biological Catastrophe," Stanford's Freeman Spogli's CISAC welcomes Dr. Jaime Yassif of NTI. March 2022