“What happens when we start calling a cell a chassis? Does it help us understand what it means to engineer with biology?” asks Jane Calvert from the University of Edinburgh. She says synthetic biology is often described as the next industrial revolution, but this time we must engineer an inclusive and sustainable future. 

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Author: Jane Calvert is a professor at Edinburgh University.

Image: A researcher uses a microscope. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau.