What does it mean to be a citizen of biology?

What does it mean to be a citizen of biology?


If I look at civilization from a from a scientist perspective from a nerds perspective, I’m gonna say civilization runs on jewels bits and atoms Energy information and knowledge and stuff. And so then the question becomes how do people provision jewels bits and atoms What are the ways of making that and does everybody have the option of accessing that? Energy is a thing in and of itself you can talk about that but to keep it on synthetic biology I’ll simply describe biology as a way of wrangling atoms on a global distributed basis meaning at scale and anybody can access biology because by definition were all biology and And so biology is right in the middle of the provisioning of atoms the ability to make whatever you need Whatever biology can be programmed to make wherever you are. And so as we realize operational mastery of living matter the Capacity to enable people to have the option of engaging with biology as a way of making things. I find to be completely essential for securing a future society where we are citizens of biology not consumers of not mere consumers of biology or objects or subjects of biology and And I think about this not as an academic or philosophically I think about this very practically I think about this as a parent Where I’ve got a a two year old and a five year old And I think about them growing up in a world and I wish for them to be citizens of that world. So I think synthetic biology has a lot to say about that because biology is a way of making things Is is just incredibly powerful and distributable?

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    Raymond K Petry

    …the "biology" of spoiled grape juice like in a Greek Bacchanalia wedding—or something more along the line of The Harrad Experiment…atoms are-not biology: atoms are stories about carbon-based life-forms, biology is the story about sugar-based life-forms…

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