This update covers about 5 of the last 7 days. I spent a bulk of my time looking at the timeline of the field’s development and what people’s hopes are for the future roadmap for biotechnology. I also spent a few days writing up some plans on how a company could be designed to do iPOP on a really large scale while staying open-source or at least transparent (more on this to come). This also involved prepping for a short meeting with a member of the VC community I met last year, and some of my close friends with a bit more entrepreneurial experience.

Link to my notebook entries here, and a bibliography of the reading I did below. Note that not all of my reading of these (especially the myriad research papers) was done equally as evidenced by the wildly varying space each paper takes up in my notebook.

Follow up Reading to Learnings from Last Week

Five hard truths for synthetic biology

The second decade of synthetic biology: 2010–2020

Synthetic biology 2020–2030: six commercially-available products that are changing our world

Computational planning of the synthesis of complex natural products

Accurate design of co-assembling multi-component protein nanomaterials

Cell-free systems for accelerating glycoprotein expression and biomanufacturing

Exploring the Potential of Cell-Free Protein Synthesis for Extending the Abilities of Biological Systems

Cell-free biosensors for biomedical applications

Lab Engineering diagnostics environments to be implanted into our body

Quantified Self

The Quantified Self: Fundamental Disruption in Big Data Science and Biological Discovery

What killed the quantified self movement?


Wearables are Expensive

The Evolution of the Quantified Self

Various related MIT Tech Review Articles here

Sociology PhD’s thesis on dynamics of this market

Psychology of self-improvement

Pending Reading

Microbiome engineering: Current applications and its future

Biological Engineered Living Materials: Growing Functional Materials with Genetically Programmable Properties

Building a global alliance of biofoundries

Engineered Living Materials: Prospects and Challenges for Using Biological Systems to Direct the Assembly of Smart Materials

Solar energy harvesting in the epicuticle of the oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis)

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