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The potential magnitude of human intervention is greater today than ever before. Before the advent of molecular biology, the complexity of living systems kept the underlying mechanisms of our tinkering obscure. But now, we’ve traced biological function to the genetic level and are looking for codified ways of enacting discrete interventions in predictable ways.
This is synthetic biology: a young field promising great things.
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