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BOOK REVIEW: Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by George Church and Ed Regis

Review by Alexandra Witze

Reading the first book penned by Church, a Harvard biologist and polymath, is like falling down a rabbit hole straight into his fermenting brain.

Church’s wide-ranging career includes developing novel methods for reading the genetic instruction manual, or genome, of creatures from bacteria to humans. Now he focuses on synthesizing those instructions from scratch. Church doesn’t just think that the new field of synthetic biology (see Page 22) will change your life. He claims it will also change your world and notion of your place within it.

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