Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

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Basic Books, Apr 8, 2014 - Science - 304 pages
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“Bold and provocative… Regenesis tells of recent advances that may soon yield endless supplies of renewable energy, increased longevity and the return of long-extinct species.”—New Scientist

In Regenesis, Harvard biologist George Church and science writer Ed Regis explore the possibilities—and perils—of the emerging field of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology, in which living organisms are selectively altered by modifying substantial portions of their genomes, allows for the creation of entirely new species of organisms. These technologies—far from the out-of-control nightmare depicted in science fiction—have the power to improve human and animal health, increase our intelligence, enhance our memory, and even extend our life span. A breathtaking look at the potential of this world-changing technology, Regenesis is nothing less than a guide to the future of life.
 

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REGENESIS: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

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Contents

From Bioplastics to H Sapiens 20
1
At the InorganicOrganic Interface
15
Reading the Most Ancient Texts and the Future of Living Software
37
The Mirror World and the Explosion of Diversity How Fast Can Evolution Go and How Diverse Can It Be?
55
The Best Substitute for Petroleum Is Petroleum
91
Emergence of Mammalian Immune System Solving the Heath Care Crisis Through Genome Engineering
109
Engineering Extinct Genomes
133
Industrial Revolutions The Agricultural Revolution and Synthetic Genomics The BioFab Manifesto
151
THe Third Industrial Revolution iGEM
179
From Personal Genomes to Immortal Human Components
203
+1 YR THE END OF THE BEGINNING TRANSHUMANISM AND THE PANSPERMIA ERA Societal Risks and Countermeasures
225
Afterword
255
Acknowledgments
265
Selected References
269
Illustration Sources
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George M. Church is Professor of Genetics at the Harvard Medical School and member of the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering. Ed Regis is author of seven science books, most recently What Is Life? Investigating the Nature of Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology.

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