Synthetic Biologists and Conservationists Open Talks

April 18, 2013

[Nature] A first-of-its-kind meeting was recently held at the University of Cambridge, leading conservationists and synthetic biologists discussed how the technology could be applied in ways to benefit the planet: to produce heat-tolerant coral reefs, pollution-sensing soil microbes and ruminant gut microbes that don’t belch methane. The discussions took place against a background of mutual wariness, with some observers nervous about the technology’s influence over land-use patterns. The Lab’s Jay Keasling addressed this issue when talking about the development of synthetic artemesinin. More>

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