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Programming Life



Austin Che discusses DNA and reprogramming life to create a myriad of novel biological systems. Modularity, abstraction and standardization allow non-biologists design and build biological systems.


Austin received his computer science PhD from MIT but is now more interested in programming carbon-based systems. Austin recently founded a synthetic biology company, Ginkgo BioWorks , focused on tools to enable the rapid engineering of biological systems.

About the conference

FutureRuby isn't a Ruby conference, but a conference for Rubyists. This is a call to order - a congress of the curious characters that drew us to this community in the first place. We have a singular opportunity to express a long-term vision, a future where Ruby drives creativity and prosperity without being dampened by partisan politics.

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Jul 21, 2009