Print-your-own DNA: what could go wrong? / Photo by 2112guy
The Baffler,  January 5, 2015

Daily Bafflements

Print-your-own DNA: what could go wrong? / Photo by 2112guy


• A new San Francisco startup aims to “print” the DNA designed by its customers on a computer program. “Anyone in the world that has a few dollars can make a creature, and that changes the game,” the company’s founder told the San Francisco Chronicle. The company’s mission, “to ‘democratize creation’ with minimal to no regulation, frightens bioethicists as deeply as it thrills Silicon Valley venture capitalists.”

• Today in The Paper of Record: Here is a New York Times article analyzing the implications of the baggy khaki pants favored by an NFL coach.

• Today in Billionaires: CNN Money says if you want to invest like a billionaire you should be “bullish on airlines.” Forbes says if you want to vacation like a billionaire you should travel to “Big Cypress Lodge…an incredible transformation of the world’s sixth largest pyramid, the former Grizzlies NBA arena in Memphis, into a cabin-filled manmade wetland evoking the unspoiled Mississippi Delta.” Okay!

• A message to Steve Scalise: when you’ve lost Greta, you’ve lost everybody.

You Might Also Enjoy

Baffler Newsletter

new email subscribers receive a digital copy of our current issue.

Further Reading

 February 7

If Jordan Peterson really is the “most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now,” as David Brooks writes, we have reason to worry.

 February 6

If the Internet is truly such a revolutionary break from the past, why are companies like Google in bed with cops and spies?