Artwork by Jane Hurd/National Geographic
Artwork by Jane Hurd/National Geographic

Rewiring Life: Learning About Synthetic Biology In Debates, Videos, and Comic Books

Today scientists at Stanford University reported they had implanted transistor-like bundles of genes into E. coli, making it possible to transform cells into biological computers. At Download the Universe, a science ebook review where I’m an editor, I take a look at the history of synthetic biology that led up to this remarkable feat. I also reflect on how to help young people become both excited and wise about these new kinds of technology. Check it out!