The Portent Portending: Synthetic Genomes Are Just a Click Away

Readers of my fiction know that synthetic biology was a sub-plot element in The Portent. Well, we’re moving down the road toward creating humans from scratch (or some sort of human derivative). This article describes a new process for creating a functioning gene. What could go wrong?

Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures Appear in the Pacific

     After three years of unprecedented warm water along the U.S. West Coast, sea temperatures in 2017 had finally cooled. Fat shrimplike krill had returned and again were providing rich meals for salmon. Sea lions and other marine mammals were no longer washing By Craig WelchNational Geographic6-13-17 ashore shriveled […]

DNA CRISPR Critters: We Shall Be as Gods

Have you read my novel, The Portent?  If so, the subject matter of the link below will sound familiar: Gene Drives – Will Conqueror Biomolecular Bots Dictate a New Book of Life? One of the sub-plots to The Portent is the use of genetic alteration and synthetic biology to create new species — […]