“There’s just a wide range of applications: medicines, biochemicals, biofuels,” he says. “DNA is really just the start of making anything downstream from RNA to protein to whole bacterial genomes.”
And Bioweapons. If you can print the a modern flu, you will be able to print the 1918 flu, Anthrax or just about anything you can dream up. While this technology has the potentially to be one of the greatest boons in human history, it doesn’t come without significant risks. I see the first step towards mitigating these risks is to be aware of them.