"Biotechnology has great benefits, but is similar to a motor vehicle: If you are irresponsible and drive intoxicated, you will have to face the consequences. We have hundreds of deaths every year on our roads, but we spare no costs in the development of the motor vehicle, its licensing or the stringency in obtaining a driver's licence. We ensure that there are measures in place for proper road infrastructure and drivers are monitored by traffic officers. Similarly any new technology requires monitoring and regulation. Everything we want is new, faster and better. Any technology will have its benefits for mankind if it is used wisely and managed well - and that was the basis of my PhD."
"Nowadays, biotechnology is like a medieval guild. Firstly, you have to get a PhD, but if you want to practise you then need venture capital, otherwise you don't have the tools." Ginkgo aims to make things easier by offering off-the-shelf biological components and a third-party service for rapid prototyping."
"Limitations of space forbid adequate discussion of this immense area of genetic engineering, but it is critical to remember that biotechnology is like electronics in the depth of implications for the ways we make what we eat, build with, or use in any way to construct our lives. Organisms are not special natural unities, whether they are fetuses, plants, or bacteria; they are particular technological solutions to a production problem. We learned from studies of capitalism and the industrial revolution that technology has been developed in the service of a redistribution and consolidation of power for the owning classes; biotechnology has been and will be no exception. Contesting for the construction of these technologies is contesting for the basic systems of production and reproduction into the next century. I will simply recall a few of the dimensions of these technologies as they are now developing."
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