03/28/2014

Engineering Life Through Synthetic Biology

22:45 minutes

Scientists are programming bacteria with nanoparticles and custom-made genomes to create new organisms with novel functions. Researchers Tim Lu and Jef Boeke discuss how scientists and engineers build these modified organisms and where synthetic biology is headed.

Segment Guests

Jef Boeke

Jef Boeke is director of the Institute Of System Genetics and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at New York University Langone Health, in New York, New York.

Tim Lu

Tim Lu is associate professor of electrical and biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.