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Biofabrication 101

Taking biological design beyond GMO controversy and DNA hype

Christina Agapakis
Jan 23, 2015 · 7 min read

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Natsai Chieza, The Rhizosphere Pigment Lab

Bacteria already produce and secrete an enormous range of pigmented molecules; the challenge is in finding them and developing the techniques of growing them and transferring their pigments to fabric.

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[LEFT] Man fertilizing plant in Hybrid Corn. [RIGHT] Basic corn types, long eared field corn (L) developing for good kernels and hybrid (R) in Hybrid Corn.
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Image: John Doebley

Given the power of breeding to modify biology, what are we missing by focusing too narrowly on tools for precision engineering of DNA?


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BioMASON Brick / Source: BioMASON
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Polyominoes made out of mycelium which binds smaller pieces of organic material together into a greater whole. Source: Mycoworks
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