Designing Nature

Biology appears to be less law-like than its sister sciences, but could we change this with design? Jane Calvert and Alistair Elfick discuss synthetic biology, an emergent discipline that aims to rationally design and fabricate biological devices; and how applying engineering principles to living systems might help us harness the power of the natural world. This is the final of three guest-curated talks by Michela Massimi.

Interview with an Astrobiologist

This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Jennifer Whyntie talks to astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell about what got him started, Conan the Bacterium, skywhales, and how he balances science outreach with his research. Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at UCL’s Institute of Origins, having done a PhD in astrobiology and […]