Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Biological Parts Warehouse

PostedDecember 10, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  Biotech promises new fuels, mass-produced medicines, environmental clean-up, and more.  But Drew Endy, an MIT engineer, says creating useful microbes is being slowed by a parts problem.

Drew Endy:  We’re not very good when it comes to engineering biology.

Randy Atkins:  Endy says almost every bio-design starts from scratch.  So he’s enlisted students nationwide to begin stocking a Registry of Standard Biological Parts.  DNA widgets.

Drew Endy:  We’re starting to put in place the engineering foundations that will get us to a future where the design and construction of engineered biological systems that do useful things is like other forms of engineering.  It’s reliable, it’s predictable, you can budget it, you can actually count on it.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.