Genomics & the mapping of a wine grape

Van Mensvoort
February 14th 2009

What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? Serial entrepreneur Barry Schuler explains the genomics revolution. We are now not just reading genomes, we are writing them. According to Schuler we can at least expect healthier, tastier food.

He suggests we start with building a better wine. Last year French and the Italians got together and sequenced Pinot Noir. Next they could alter it to grow under other climate conditions and improve its taste. Care for a bottle of Pinot Frankenwine?

See also: Wine making=Math, N is for Nature, DNA Synthesizer, French USB wine.

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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