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December 01, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 21)

To Gild the Microbe Is Anything but Wasteful

Synthetic Biology Is Enabling Optimization that Is Iterative—and Remunerative

  • At the dawn of the scientific revolution, the idea that humans could improve on nature was deemed foolish, if not blasphemous. It was even said that to paint the lily, or to throw perfume on the violet, or to add another color to the rainbow, would be “wasteful and ...

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