As a pharmaceutical scientist, the concept of “synthetic biology” sounds somewhat oxymoronic.
It’s true that our industry has been manipulating genes and cells to produce peptides, proteins, and other drugs/intermediates for decades.
But how about creating a cell line to make leather? Or clothing? Or building insulation?
Synthetic biology makes these ideas possible.
The authors take a very interesting approach. Instead of lecturing us on synthetic biology, they instead identify and interview 25-30 experts in their respective fields.
Some of the interviewees are familiar names, such as Craig Venter and George Church.
Importantly, the interview approach means a variety of subjects are covered in a very short, efficient manner.
If you’re unfamiliar with synthetic biology, then What’s Your Bio Strategy? by John Cumbers and Karl Schmieder is a great way to start.
One of the more interesting aspects of synthetic biology is the overlap between multiple disciplines, such as organism design, low-cost DNA synthesis, software, manufacturing, and others.
The final chapters on developing a bio strategy are also quite interesting.
You can pick up your own copy from Amazon or other fine book retailers.