the idea of the body as a locus for writing and publishing is
one that has a number of new scientific developments that are affecting
the nature of being human
the new field of 'synthetic biology" seeks indeed to "write"
biology by making it a design problem
for instance this course at MIT on synthetic biology
Synthetic Biology is an emerging technology that hopes to further
develop biology as a
substrate for engineering by adapting concepts developed in other
fields of engineering.
Foundational tools to meet this challenge include: ready access to
standardized biological parts and devices; a reliable and defined
in which engineers can assemble and power DNA programs; and computational tools
as well as measurement standards that enable the ready integration of
into many-component functional systems.
A number of artists and designers have been investing this territory
see for instance " synthetic aesthetics"
"Synthetic Biology is a new approach to engineering biology.
By applying engineering principles
to the complexity of living systems, scientists and engineers are
making biology a new material for design."
Needless to say we are deep in judaeo christian territory
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him,
and without Him
nothing was made that was made.." John 1:1-5
the other development in science in addition to synthetic biology is
of course biometrics
Biometrics are automated methods of recognizing a person based on a
physiological or behavioral characteristic.
Among the features measured are face, fingerprints, hand geometry,
handwriting, iris, retinal, vein, and voice.
Biometric technologies are becoming the foundation of an extensive
array of highly secure identification and
personal verification solutions. As the level of security breaches
and transaction fraud increases, the need for
highly secure identification and personal verification technologies
is becoming apparent.
Indeed the body is now an open book and we can write in it
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