The Toast: Gal Science: How Nail Polish Works
LadyBits on PopSci: The Forgotten Woman Who Made Microbiology Possible
Blueprints for the Unknown: Synthetic Biology as Collective Fantasy
Rather than asking if synthetic biology will save the world or destroy it, perhaps it's more useful to start with a much simpler question: does synthetic biology actually exist?
The Toast: Wolabachia, the misandrist bacteria
Symbiosis and the evolution of 100% female societies (in wasps).
Superflux Blog: DNA Stories
What if personalized medicine happens? Thinking about the future of our DNA dreams.
Omni Reboot: Edible Memories
Can you eat a memory? We take a peek into a long-forgotten controversy from the strange annals of biological psychology.
Lucky Peach 13:
Huge for the Holidays
Between "full" and reflexive vomiting — the body's final defensive strategy for overfullness — there is a lot of room for holiday overeating.
In Vitro Meat Cookbook: Essay — Growing the Future of Meat
Advocates of in vitro meat—and perhaps readers of this essay—may see in my criticism a wish to
return to nature, to reverse technological progress and throw us all into a life of agrarian serfdom. But a critique of this particular technology is not the same as arguing against all technology. Seeing criticism of in vitro meat as anti-technology relies on the assumption that technology is only one thing, that it has a singular path, and that in vitro meat is already inevitable. This kind of argument is intended to shut down reasoned debate, closing off discussion of how technologies come into existence and work in the real world in favor of a blind faith that in the future, we will inevitably control
all the variables.
Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature: Chapter — The Inside-out Body
We collected microbes from our own skin, rubbing cotton swabs over our hands and in between our toes, in our armpits and inside our noses. Each swab was put into a small jar of organic pasteurized whole milk and warmed overnight. In the morning, the acids produced by the microbes had done their work. We could strain the curds away from the whey, making a series of small cheeses. These cheeses were of course not the aged masterpieces of artisan cheesemakers, but microbial sketches, capturing some of the ecological diversity of different bodies and different body parts, bringing to the foreground the living odors of the body.
Synberc Blog: The Structure of Industrial Revolutions
The Book of Invisible Life: Lactobacillus
Arc 1.3: Afterparty Overdrive: Fun and Games in the Garden
Industrialised biotechnology offers us commoditised biology, simplified and sterilised, hidden in vats pumping out
medicines and fuels. In food and agriculture, biotechnology leaves us with just a handful of species that we then
process into the thousands of products you can find at the supermarket. But food is not just fuel; it’s life, cuisine, and culture. Our bodies aren’t machines; they are complex biological systems, assemblages of human and microbial cells that grow and change. The genomes of the human ecosystem can be read and perhaps even rewritten, but they will still respond to our environment, to our food, to our culture,
in varied and beautiful ways.
Six Parties Symposium on Synthetic Biology Travel Fellowship Essay:
The Crux, Discover Magazine Blogs:
Intellectuals in their self-flattering wish-fulfillment say that knowledge
is power, but the truth is that knowledge further empowers only those who have or
can acquire the power to use it.