Crazy ideas for future synthetic biology & bioengineering

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One thing I like about the synthetic biology community is that, from the early days, its participants have been willing to entertain “wild” ideas like building dragons. While this willingness comes with all of the risks associated with building a lot of hype around a nascent technology, against the backdrop of cultural indefinite pessimism, I still prefer it. In that vein, inspired by Milan Cwitkovic’s legendary listicles on Things you’re allowed to do and Market failures in science, I decided to make my own listicle of cool ideas for future synthetic biology & bioengineering projects. If you have additional ideas that you want me add (with credit) don’t hesitate to reach out.

These ideas are currently only organized into two categories: my ideas and those I directly stole from others (with credit given to those people), but if the lists get long enough I may go back and add some intermediate categories.

Criteria #

The criteria I used when deciding whether to include ideas are as follows:


Ideas #

Mine #

These are ideas that I think I came up with but it’s possible I am forgetting that I read them somewhere. If you think this is the case for one of these ideas, please don’t hesitate to ping me and I’ll update to give credit where it’s due.

Others' #

These are ideas that others came up with but fit my criteria and so I want to give credit/signal boost them.