Before we begin with the ordinary posts, there’s a thought from all the people from our team we’d like to share with you: we live in a thrilling world, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve evolved to be conscious of this fact and get amazed with the patterns we found in nature. One way or another, knowledge makes us feel comfortable, no one doubts this. Science, the most accurate tool we have to reach this knowledge, despite not being perfect due to its asymptotic approach, it’s an incredibly powerful tool. And it’s powerful in two different ways.
Science’s strength comes from two different approaches because it’s does not only unweave the rainbow giving us answers about the universe with a growing accuracy, but also these answers come with a present in the shape of control above the studied phenomena (which can be more or less limited depending of the phenomenon) like if it was a fire brought to us by a (modern) Prometheus. Answers always come with that possibility, which is no exent of risk, and, on the profits and benefits of this new chances, we build that construct we call society. Much of what we are nowadays is due to science and it’s daughters, the engineering and the technique. It happened ten thousand years ago when we began taming species for agriculture. And it’s happening right here and right now.
Almost sixty years ago, in a lab from Cavendish Institute, James Watson and Francis Crick gave birth to one of the most successful hits in modern science history: finally all the information that configures all the beings at the biosphere had a chance to be understood and in consequence, try to be controlled. It’s a hard enterprise of growing complexity that perhaps will never reach to an end, but we will never be able to say that this enterprise was a failure at all, as all the genetic engineering-derived applications prove us. As the synthetic biology proves us.
Thereby, synthetic biology stands as the next step in chances of biological information control:it means stop searching blindly at the seas of information that conform the species’s genomes to, using all our accumulated knowledge about genes,designing programming circuits which allow us to take profit from all the biosphere’s versatility in order to solve many of the problems that menace us.
As we said before, science fascinates us and so does everything we can do with it. But it’s true these chances have risks at many levels, despite of which, science stands as our best tool. Because of this, we expect to make this blog become a place where we can share our enthusiasm and offer some thoughts about the wonderful chances that are coming.
Enjoy the trip!