Thursday, June 14, 2007

Two things

Apologies for the lack of recent activity on the blog; this time of year is always the busiest for academics, what with exam boards and so on. Hopefully things will calm down in the next week or two.

Two items of note: today marks both the publication of Genesis Machines in paperback, and the release of the programme for this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Not much has changed in the paperback, apart from a few additional acknowledgements and some minor changes to the notes and references (which are available online here.)

As for the Book Festival, I'm privileged to be appearing on stage once again with Oliver Morton from Nature, where we'll be discussing "The Future of Nature" as part of the "Genes and Society" Festival theme. Oliver will be talking about "intelligent plants", and I'll be holding forth on biocomputing and synthetic biology (Craig Venter's recent patent swoop has given me lots of nice new discussion material). Anyway, we're appearing on Sunday the 26th of August, and full programme details are available here. The event is sponsored by the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, and it's one of five that they are supporting.

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