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Edge Master Class 2009 THE CURRENT CATALOG OF LIFE By Ed Regis In their futuristic workshops, the masters of the Synthetic Genomics, Craig Venter and George Church, play out their visions of bacteria reprogrammed to turn coal into methane gas and other microbes programmed to create jet fuel 14. August 2009 — John Brockman is a New York City literary agent with a twist: not only does he represent many of the world's top scientists and science writers, he's also founder and head of the Edge Foundation (, devoted to disseminating news of the latest advances in cutting-edge science and technology. Synthetic genomics, the subject of the conference, is the process of replacing all or part of an organism's natural DNA with synthetic DNA designed by humans. The specter of "biohackers" creating new infectious agents made its obligatory appearance, but synthetic genomic researchers are, almost of necessity, optimists. Church is also founder and head of the Personal Genome Project, or PGP. [ Permalink ]

Epagogix | experience - knowledge - prediction DIYbio/FAQ From OpenWetWare DIYbio FAQ v1.5: "The biohacker's FAQ" This FAQ for DIYbio is actively maintained by it's editors, and by you! Edit your contributions directly or email updates to the DIYbio email list, Major contributors (in alphabetical order): The contents of this FAQ are copyright under the OpenWetWare Copyright policy (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported). This Frequently Asked Questions document is for the DIYBio mailing list. 1.0 - copied on 4/7/2009 from 1.1 - some updates to clarify original version 1.2 - new sections, reorg, + sections about DIY agar DOI:10.1007/BF00152620 1.3 - expand projects sections. DIYbio is an organization that aims to help make biology a worthwhile pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists, and DIY biological engineers who value openness and safety. What is DIYbio's mission? -- Len Sassaman, DIYbio google group Schmidt M, 2008. IRGC 2008. Other Papers:

Carnival Booth: An Algorithm for Defeating the Computer-Assisted Passenger Screening System Carnival Booth: An Algorithm for Defeating the Computer-Assisted Passenger Screening System Samidh Chakrabarti Aaron Strauss 6.806: Law and Ethics on the Electronic Frontier Abstract To improve the efficiency of airport security screening, the FAA deployed the Computer Assisted Passenger Screening system (CAPS) in 1999. Table of Contents 1 Introduction. 4 2 Defining CAPS. 7 2.1 Government Guidelines. 7 2.2 CAPS Architecture. 8 2.3 Special Treatment 10 3 Defeating CAPS. 10 3.1 Carnival Booth Algorithm.. 11 3.2 Cells vs. 3.3 Algorithm Assumptions. 13 4 Evaluating Carnival Booth. 15 4.1 Probabilistic Analysis. 15 4.2 Computer Simulation. 19 5 Case Studies. 21 5.1 Ressam’s 1999 Terrorist Attempt 22 5.2 The El Al Standard. 23 6 Legal Implications. 25 6.1 Administrative Search Exception. 26 6.2 Stop-and-Frisk Exception. 27 7 Policy Recommendations. 28 On the morning of , nineteen terrorists boarded four separate commercial airplanes across the northeastern seaboard of the . 2.1 Government Guidelines 3.2 Cells vs.

Systems & Synthetic Biology The Boston Shuffler | Investors 411 The Carnivore, the Boston Shuffler, the Knife… are some of the names of the algorithms on Wall Street that make up 70% of the operating system of stocks formerly known as known as your pension fund, and portfolio. What Kevin Slavin is talking about is High Frequency Trading/Black Boxes that dominate The Street. Above Photo links to Kevin Slavin’s Presentation. Photo Credit James Duncan Davidson / TED The Huffington Post is running a series of the best 18 TED [Ideas Worth Spreading] seminars this year. His video is a must, if you’re a trader/investor who wants to know if/why you’re portfolio may melt up or down this year. The Ted series has been featured many times on Investors411, because TED presents outside the box, creative ideas that are shaping your life and terraforming this planet. You can sort these lectures many different ways from the most inspirational to the most viewed – 7,783,815 people have listen to a 2006 Ted lecture by Ken Robinson “Schools Kill Creativity.” Stocks Tomorrow

synthesis Genomics History[edit] Etymology[edit] While the word "genome" (from the German Genom, attributed to Hans Winkler) was in use in English as early as 1926,[6] the term "genomics" was coined by Dr. Tom Roderick, a geneticist at the Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine), over beer at a meeting held in Maryland on the mapping of the human genome in 1986.[7] Early sequencing efforts[edit] Following Rosalind Franklin's confirmation of the helical structure of DNA around 1941, James D. DNA sequencing technology developed[edit] Frederick Sanger Walter Gilbert Complete genomes[edit] The advent of these technologies resulted in a rapid intensification in the scope and speed of completion of genome sequencing projects. The number of genome projects has increased as technological improvements continue to lower the cost of sequencing. The "omics" revolution[edit] The English-language neologism omics informally refers to a field of study in biology ending in -omics, such as genomics, proteomics or metabolomics.

WHAK! [KEVIN KELLY:] The main question that I'm asking myself is, what is the meaning of technology in our lives? What place does technology have in the universe? What place does it have in the human condition? And what place should it play in my own personal life? I'm trying to investigate ways to understand the long-term consequences of technology in the world and place it into some position along with other grand things like biological nature, big history, the physics of the cosmos, and the future. There's no predictive theory of technology either. There is a common sense that each novel technology brings us many new problems as well as new solutions — that it offers many things that we desire as well as many things that we want to eliminate. One of the reflex responses to technology's problems is prohibition. But even with all this, we still don't have a good sense of what technology is or how we should define it. Science and technology are intrinsically connected.

The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future: Juan Enriquez: Neither models nor miracles: a look at synthetic biology The 20th century broke open both the atom and the human genome. Physics deftly imposed mathematical order on the upwelling of particles. Now, in the 21st century, systems biology aims to fit equations to living matter, creating mathematical models that promise new insight into disease and cures. But, after a decade of effort and growth in computing power, models of cells and organs remain crude. Researchers are retreating from complexity towards simpler systems. And, perversely, ever-expanding data are making models more complicated instead of accurate. Synthetic biology does away with systems biology's untidiness by focusing on individual parts, creating a tool set for engineering organisms unconstrained by biology as we know it, making the discipline more like software programming. A dream deferred Systems biology takes over where the sequencing of the human genome left off. These efforts began with a cell related to those that make up humans, but much simpler: yeast. Running ≠ Hiding

Norman Borlaug Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009)[2] was an American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been called "the father of the Green Revolution",[3] "agriculture's greatest spokesperson"[4] and "The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives".[5][6] He is one of seven people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal[7] and was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor.[8] During the mid-20th century, Borlaug led the introduction of these high-yielding varieties combined with modern agricultural production techniques to Mexico, Pakistan, and India. As a result, Mexico became a net exporter of wheat by 1963. Later in his life, he helped apply these methods of increasing food production to Asia and Africa.[11] Early life, education and family[edit] Borlaug had the great-grandchild of Norwegian immigrants to the United States. "Wrestling taught me some valuable lessons ...