AutoCAD wants to do Biological Design

AutoCAD changed the world with software driven mechanical design. Now they seek to do the same thing with biological life.

Enter Project Cyborg, an exciting new undertaking aimed at expanding on the limited tools available to synthetic biologists in their attempt to reliably design, engineer, and test living “programmable matter” all without having to physically make those living things first. Carlos is particularly excited about the field of synthetic biology because he believes that “biology not only gives us the opportunity, from a manufacturing standpoint, to reinvent the world around us, it also presents the opportunity to reinvent the world within us as well.” Engineered microorganisms can manufacture all sorts of useful chemicals from beer to insulin, but beyond producing products utilizing biological systems like CRISPR also promises the possibility of curing diseases like HIV/AIDS and possibly  in the future augmenting human capabilities through direct genome manipulation.

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