I just came across Marcus Wohlsen‘s book “Biopunk – Kitchen-Counter Scientists Hack the Software of Life“. It’s already been out there for a couple of months, and was discussed at some depth on boingboing by Mark Frauenfelder.
Just added it here for general interest – something to go on my wishlist – and as a soothing reminder that one is not the only crazy geek who sees the convergence of life- and information science 😉
Just ask Bill Gates. If he were a teenager today, he says, he’d be hacking biology. “Creating artificial life with DNA synthesis. That’s sort of the equivalent of machine-language programming,” says Gates, whose work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has led him to develop his own expertise in disease and immunology. “If you want to change the world in some big way, that’s where you should start — biological molecules.”
(found on wired “Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists” By Steven Levy)