Filippa Lentzos is a senior research fellow at King’s College London, jointly appointed in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Department of War Studies. Her expertise is in biological threats and international governance efforts to address them, particularly through the Biological Weapons Convention. Her work involves sustained and in-depth engagement with UN diplomats, government representatives, international organizations, and disarmament NGOs. Trained in both the natural and social sciences, she also has a history of working with scientistsand was the social science lead on the first synthetic biology center established in Great Britain. She edited the 2016 book Biological Threats in the 21st Century, published by Imperial College Press. Read more at www.filippalentzos.com.
Through DNA origami, the building blocks of life could be converted into double-helix swarms that wreak cellular havoc. The tricky part is introducing DNA origami structures, intact, into human bodies. But “invisibility cloaking” may soon eliminate this barrier.