In the world of innovation, small changes don't get the credit they deserve. Big changes seem more exciting and somehow more important. But good innovation doesn't have to be large because it is, no matter what the dimensions, about impact.
Factory. Hold that word in mind for a moment and it is likely to evoke images of a gritty industrial landscape: smokestacks and foul air, railroad freight yards, steaming mills and roaring machinery -- places no family would want in their neighborhood.
Following in the footsteps of the chemical industry, the synthetic-biology industry is rushing its untested products to market before there is any regulation, oversight or even scientific understanding of the impacts this technology could have on ecosystems and human health.