The Genesis Machine
- Amy’s new book
- Amazon Bestseller
- McKinsey Recommended Read
A “fascinating survey of the present and future of biotechnology.”―Nature
“[A] road map for navigating [synthetic biology’s] opportunities and perils.”―The New Yorker
What if the miracle that created mRNA vaccines is less a once-in-lifetime event and more the harbinger of the emerging age of synthetic biology? This fusion of biology and computers has a singular goal: to gain access to cells in order to write new––and possibly better––biological code.
In my latest book, The Genesis Machine, I explain how synthetic biology promises to reveal how life is created and how it can be re-created, enabling scientists to rewrite the rules of our reality. It could help us, for example, heal without prescription medications, grow meat without harvesting animals, or confront our looming climate catastrophe. Synthetic biology will determine the ways in which we conceive future generations and how we define family, how we identify disease and treat aging, where we make our homes, and how we nourish ourselves. Soon, we will program living, biological structures as though they were tiny computers.
But who should decide how to engineer living organisms? Whether engineered organisms should be planted, farmed, and released into the wild? Should there be limits to human enhancements? Our riveting examination of synthetic biology and the bioeconomy provide the background for thinking through the upcoming risks and moral dilemmas posed by redesigning life, as well as the vast opportunities waiting for us on the horizon.
You may not realize it yet, but your life – and all of life itself – is about to change. From programmable genes to designer medicines, synthetic biology is going to transform everything. The Genesis Machine is a surprisingly intimate, incisive, and readable guide to the opportunities, risks, and moral dilemmas of the brave new world ahead.
The Genesis Machine is a very readable story about how the DNA world is shifting from reading the genetic code to writing and editing it. Amy Webb and Andrew Hessel then take the reader on a journey of possible world changing events that could result from this new technology.
[A] thought-provoking introduction to synthetic biology…[a] breathtaking science, but it is also scary. Who’s in charge, and where are the brakes?
[D]eeply researched but accessible prose… A wrinkle on the near future that many readers will not have pondered—and should.
The Genesis Machine is a brilliant pairing of two visionaries who offer us a comprehensive take on making a better world through biology