2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Talking DNA: Programming a New Life Language

Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 9ABC
531 E 4th St


We use DNA to cure diseases, pinpoint genetic disorders and create new materials. To do this effectively, scientists must be able to design and concisely specify collections of changes to DNA for in-lab testing. To empower these users, what’s needed is a declarative language that allows people to express DNA design constructs in a more human-readable way. How much more could we do if we applied a programming language similar to SQL to DNA? This technical presentation will take audience members through the process of designing a flexible system that is built by engineers, used and understood by scientists and interpreted by machinery, ultimately opening new doors to designing DNA.

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Aaron Kimball at SXSW

Aaron Kimball



Aaron Kimball is the CTO at Zymergen. Aaron's career has involved work at several big data-oriented startups. At Zymergen, he is responsible for building the data architecture to facilitate a robot...

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