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SYNTHETIC AESTHETICS: INVESTIGATING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY'S DESIGNS ON NATURE. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg et al. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2014. 372 pp. with 140 ills. (104 col.). 24 x 21 cm. LC 2013-13618 ISBN 9780262019996 In English.
Publisher's description: Synthetic biology manipulates the stuff of life. For synthetic biologists, living matter is programmable material. In search of carbon-neutral fuels, sustainable manufacturing techniques, and innovative drugs, these researchers aim to redesign existing organisms and even construct completely novel biological entities. Some synthetic biologists see themselves as designers, inventing new products and applications. But if biology is viewed as a malleable, engineerable, designable medium, what is the role of design and how will its values apply? In this book, synthetic biologists, artists, designers, and social scientists investigate synthetic biology and design. After chapters that introduce the science and set the terms of the discussion, the book follows six boundary crossing collaborations between artists and designers and synthetic biologists from around the world, helping us understand what it might mean to design nature. These collaborations have resulted in biological computers that calculate form; speculative packaging that builds its own contents; algae that feeds on circuit boards; and a sampling of human cheeses.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media — Commercial/Industrial Design
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 159375
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