Admittedly we’re still awaiting jet packs and flying cars, but it does quite often strike me how many present-day things would have been wild science fiction in the past. This morning, I was drinking coffee at my kitchen table and watching on-line tutorial videos on custom gene synthesis services, with clicks of a button and an online shopping cart controlling the insertion of DNA sequences into one’s favorite vectors. Except for the coffee, every part of that sentence is amazing.
(I’m spending part of my sabbatical learning hands-on how to engineer new sorts of fluorescent bacteria — short version: it’s hard — hence my video viewing.)
Happy Earth Day!