To keep this short and sweet: I hated this book. I don’t have much else to say about it. Here’s a list of things that bothered me:
- I couldn’t follow his train of thought
- the structure and organization was chaotic
- his writing was unnecessarily wordy and difficult
- he makes weird comparisons that appear irrelevant until the last second which is just confusing
- I couldn’t figure out what his main points were until I read the epilogue because I was so distracted by the mangled mess of the rest of the book.
Things I liked:
- the epilogue
Engineered bacteria produce rare and commercially useful compounds in large quantities.
Using advanced fermentation technology, industrial biotech Manus Bio hopes to make manufacturing flavors, fragrances, and other products greener and more cost-effective — and maybe create new products in the process. They’ve created a low-cost process for engineering microbes with complex metabolic pathways borrowed from plants, which can produce an array of rare and expensive ingredients used to manufacture noncaloric beverages, perfumes, toothpastes, detergents, pesticides, and even therapeutics, among other products.
One product in Manus’ pipeline is a rare compound called nootkatone, a key component found in grapefruit that is used as an environmentally friendly insect repellent. It could be used, for instance, as an environmentally safe way to help fight Lyme disease, malaria, zika virus, and other insect-borne pathogens.
To learn more go to MIT’s website.