[DIYbio] Re: I'm working on a novel that mentions DIY bio


I always wanted to engineer new types of flowers, just for the sake of it.
No saving lives, no enhancements, no bio-factories, no new functions, no bioterrorism, nothing.

Just beautiful alien flowers.

On Tuesday, 7 February 2017 14:13:01 UTC+1, A. Ekergård wrote:

I am just a Swedish guy with limited experiment of diy-biology and hope this is the right place for me to ask. The reason I am writing here is that I am at a quite well renowned writing course working on a novel project. I am trying to write a novel about diy-biology. The novel is about a couple of friends dreaming of living as hermits on an uninhabited island (my first thought was one of the Galapagos Islands) with a greenhouse they can grow plants in. Plants that can be genetically engineered.

1. General speaking, is it anything, any aspect at all, you think should be in a novel about diy-biology? Are there any writers here that works on a project about DIY bio?

2. I'm brainstorming about what they should dream about growing in the greenhouse. First I wanted to link their "product developmenting" to anti aging medicine and have them make their version of the tomatoes engineered to produce as much resveratrol as found in 50 bottles red wine. But it could be simpler have them make a bioluminescent plant. (My favorite flower is waterlily, - so glow in the dark water lilies?). Or they could make plants that can produce expensive proteins for medicine or industrial use. Or fruits that produce chemicals normally formed during maillard reactions, so they tased cooked even when raw. Or to be really advanst maybe one can do something with the "machinery" that responds to touch in plants like the venus flytrap or in minosa. For example make a plant that spray a bad smelling liquid if touched, as a biologic defense.

So any thoughts about my brainstorming? It's fiction so a little extravasation of what can be done with diy-bio is acceptable.

Ps. If you have any good tips I could contribute to your next crowdfunding campaign, or something else if you have a better idea.

Pps. The joke simply is if this sounds boring, I'll just make the protagonists create a zombie virus, by mistake.

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