Nature Biotechnology is the (peer review) journal for me: it’s geeky, fresh and it takes into account more than just one point-of-view, that of the scientist-academist’s: technology & business are hand in hands also. (Recommending Nat Biotech makes a niche sense here while recommending Nature, which is actually the only science journal I’m reading issue by issue is hm… too obvious)
But Nature Biotech goes as far as citing even a non peer review journal – I am also pretty familiar with – called Wired.
So my puzzle is /please use your contextual knowledge first & just then your typing skills while thinking of an answer/: which Wired article is cited in a March Nature Biotech News and Views article (very good, by the way) named Synthetic genomes brought closer to life by Robert A Holt amongst strict science articles. Don’t think too high, it’s rather a reflection.
Here is a little help:
Ooops, sorry, if that was not enough, here is a bit more:
Joy’s piece is way too long, but you don’t have to read it at once, but it probably worth the time. (Disclaimer: I still haven’t finished it.)
And the ethically tuned synthetic biology context in the Nature Biotech article:
At this unique moment, we have opportunity for pause. Once the consummative step of genome activation is taken for M. genitalium, it can’t be untaken, and it will be the starting gun for a new phase of biotech in which we are not limited to just reading genetic code—we will have the demonstrated ability to write it on a scale that supports the engineering of cellular life. A note of caution is that this could be a small but not insignificant step toward a Joysian future where our technology will supersede us. Extreme, perhaps, but still a view that should be weighed against benefits.