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20, Jun 2024

Synthetic biology and climate change mitigation

Calling All Investors: Positioning Synthetic Biology in the Service of Climate Change

Policy interventions are essential to translate synthetic biology research into practical solutions for climate change mitigation

by Michael Scott Long, PhD

Wind, solar, and fusion power might be what immediately comes to mind when you think of technologies for mitigating a changing global climate. At first glance, engineered cells in a vat probably sound more pertinent to health and medicine than meeting climate needs, yet such synthetic biology is a critical part of the “all hands on deck” approach to climate change.

What public and private policy interventions might facilitate the application of research innovations in synthetic biology to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

In a recent perspective article in Nature Communications, lead study author Jonathan Symons, Associate Investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology within Macquarie University, and coworkers laid out a compelling analysis.

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