Synthetic Biology in China

Everyone interested in the future of biology should be paying attention to what Chinese students are up to.  The latest post on the Synthetic Biology discussion list, maintained by the MIT group, announces an upcoming workshop at Tianjin University on the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition.  I'll bet there will be an enormous demand by students to create teams for iGEM.  The resulting profusion of skills and new parts, which will presumably become Biobricks, is only going to make the future more interesting.  Interesting, as in, "May you live in interesting times," with all the promise and peril that implies.