This is a pretty crazy concept, but an extremely interesting one. The idea is that we would genetically engineer animals to clean up the mess that we’ve created on earth.
I can’t help think about the Bolivian Tree Lizard Simpson’s episode, but if it worked, it would be brilliant.
"A recent project by designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg proposes that bioengineered creatures be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution. And she’s already designed four organisms to do it, including soil-scouring slugs and seed-dispersing porcupines.
Synthetic biology is not a new concept. Craig Venter proposed the idea a few years ago, and recently a Stanford research team created the first complete model of a living organism. But what Ginsberg is proposing — at least at a conceptual level — is something a bit more…macro.
Her new project, called Designing for the Sixth Extinction, is intended to spark debate about how artificial animals could be used to solve environmental problems. She suggests we should go about “rewilding” in order to “preserve or maintain a state of nature using synthetic organisms that are designed to save other species.”
(via Chris Casement via Synthetic animals will save the planet)