Nature has always been the world’s best engineer. That’s because there’s always been a divide between technology — the inanimate stuff that we build — and biology — the living stuff that nature builds. It’s not that we can’t build living things; we just have to figure out how. And that’s exactly what synthetic biologists are trying to do. Learn about synthetic biology, including genetic engineering, in this explainer video from Grist. How does it work, who’s doing it, and what is its potential?
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