Not only does it do that; if you took the genome -- that synthetic genome -- and you plugged it into a different critter, like yeast, you now turn that yeast into Mycoplasma. It's, sort of, like booting up a PC with a Mac OS software. Well, actually, you could do it the other way. So, you know, by being able to write a genome and plug it into an organism, the software, if you will, changes the hardware. And this is extremely profound.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Fascinating talk by Barry Schuler on Genomics. What struck me most was the part on how you can change the software or write a plug-in and if its compatible, you can run it on the same organic hardware.