During my study at the Delft University of Technology a teacher told the story of the first patient to be treated with penicillin. Reserve constable Albert Alexander (1897-1941) died after the hospital had run out of penicillin to treat him with. Imagine being halfway through your recovery and then being told: “I am sorry, sir, we ran out of medicine.” Synthetic biology ensures that something like that does not happen again.
… but what is synthetic biology? And why does this subject make us feel so uneasy? What more can it do for us? And what is the correlation between synthetic biology, gluten allergy and a pair of scissors?
I am looking forward to take you with me on a journey through the wondrous world of synbio and to answer these questions. So I will see you Sunday, the 28th of May!