Synthetic biology is a transformative innovation that will make it possible to build living machines from off-the-shelf chemical ingredients. Among the potential applications of this new field is the creation of microorganisms that can produce pharmaceuticals, detect toxic chemicals, break down pollutants, and destroy cancer cells. For all the benefits it promises, synthetic biology could be more dangerous than chemical and nuclear weaponry. Proposed ideas of genetic modification have sparked conversations about morality issues and transhumanism.
The booklets invite the reader to form an opinion. The line between organic and inorganic is becoming increasingly blurred. Will we be able to tell the difference when both exist simultaneously? Does it even matter? Three booklets were designed to represent synthetic life, organic life, and the convergence of the two.