Synthetic Biology

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Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology brings together engineering and the life sciences in order to design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems that do not currently exist in the natural world or to tweak the designs of existing biological systems. Synthetic biologists, engaged in a kind of extreme genetic engineering, hope to construct designer organisms that perform specific tasks such as producing biofuels or other high-value compounds.

News and Reports about Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology on the loose 21 Jun 2019
A review of the evidence for bias and conflict of interest in the IUCN report on synthetic biology and gene drive organisms 21 Jun 2019
Some likely effects of lab-grown meat-like substances on farmers, food systems and the climate 5 Apr 2019
Landmark Convention on Biological Diversity decision calls on governments to conduct strict risk assessments and seek indigenous and local peoples’ consent ahead of potential release of ‘exterminator’ technology. 29 Nov 2018
Farmers and environmentalists sound the alarm 17 Sep 2018
Synthetic Biology's New Spin on Fast Fashion 17 Sep 2018
As international debate on gene drive technology heats up, Canadian immigration officials deny a key voice 4 Jul 2018