Over the past month we've published a handful of articles about synthetic biology as part of our ongoing project Futurography, which introduces readers to a new technological or scientific topic each month. We've published articles on patenting organisms, the state of biotechnology regulations, what synthetic biology has in common with queer theory, and more.
Ecological implications: Some critics of synthetic biology worry about what will happen when lab-made organisms start finding their way into the wild. Will these synthetic creations destroy already fragile ecosystems? Or will this simply be the next step in our species' long-running agricultural transformation of the world?