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Charles Fracchia on a new breed of biologists

Charles Fracchia on a new breed of biologists

The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: The merging worlds of software, hardware, and biology.In this new episode of the Hardware Podcast—which features our first discussion focusing specifically on synthetic biology—David Cranor and I talk with Charles Fracchia, an IBM Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and founder of the synthetic biology company BioBright.Discussion points:

The blurring of the lines between biology, software development, hardware engineering, and electrical engineering
BioBright’s efforts to create hardware and software tools to reinvent the way biology is done in a lab
The most prominent market forces in biology today (especially healthcare)
How experiments conducted using Arduino or Raspberry Pi devices are impacting synthetic biology
Pembient’s synthetic rhino horns

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