Gingko Bioworks Sees Peach Scents Now, Self-Copying iPhones in the Future


In Massachusetts, Gingko Bioworks is seeing the future of programming biology as going beyond its current manufacturing of scents and flavors and someday programming biology to make things like iphones and semiconductors. A Bloomberg video takes a peek inside their Boston lab to see how robotics and yeasts, similar to beer brewing yeasts, are currently creating peach scents for a perfume client. Jason Kelly, Gingko Bioworks Founder, sees endless possibilities once we can program biology to make things, similar to how seeds and plants grow themselves. Kelly told Bloomberg “It’s manufacturing without factories. Imagine you made the first iPhone, and it just went off and made copies of itself.”