9780262534017-0262534010-Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature (The MIT Press)

Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature (The MIT Press)

ISBN-13: 9780262534017
ISBN-10: 0262534010
Edition: Reprint
Author: Ginsberg, Alexandra Daisy, Calvert, Jane, Schyfter, Pablo, Elfick, Alistair, Endy, Drew
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 376 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780262534017
ISBN-10: 0262534010
Edition: Reprint
Author: Ginsberg, Alexandra Daisy, Calvert, Jane, Schyfter, Pablo, Elfick, Alistair, Endy, Drew
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 376 pages

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Acknowledged authors Ginsberg, Alexandra Daisy, Calvert, Jane, Schyfter, Pablo, Elfick, Alistair, Endy, Drew wrote Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature (The MIT Press) comprising 376 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0262534010 and 9780262534017. Since then Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature (The MIT Press) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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As synthetic biology transforms living matter into a medium for making, what is the role of design and its associated values?

Synthetic biology manipulates the stuff of life. For synthetic biologists, living matter is programmable material. In search of carbon-neutral fuels, sustainable manufacturing techniques, and innovative drugs, these researchers aim to redesign existing organisms and even construct completely novel biological entities. Some synthetic biologists see themselves as designers, inventing new products and applications. But if biology is viewed as a malleable, engineerable, designable medium, what is the role of design and how will its values apply?

In this book, synthetic biologists, artists, designers, and social scientists investigate synthetic biology and design. After chapters that introduce the science and set the terms of the discussion, the book follows six boundary-crossing collaborations between artists and designers and synthetic biologists from around the world, helping us understand what it might mean to 'design nature.' These collaborations have resulted in biological computers that calculate form; speculative packaging that builds its own contents; algae that feeds on circuit boards; and a sampling of human cheeses. They raise intriguing questions about the scientific process, the delegation of creativity, our relationship to designed matter, and, the importance of critical engagement. Should these projects be considered art, design, synthetic biology, or something else altogether?

Synthetic biology is driven by its potential; some of these projects are fictions, beyond the current capabilities of the technology. Yet even as fictions, they help illuminate, question, and even shape the future of the field.

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