Briardo Llorente discusses the issue of how to develop a stable food supply if humans were to live on Mars. Earth plants are not suited to the Mars’ climate but we could engineer plants that are.
Konstantinos Vavitsas on how DNA could one day be used as a type of sensor, to record information based on its surroundings.
Cosmos Magazine published a feature article on the emergence of synthetic biology as a discipline, looking at its promise and potential applications.
Ten new Future Science Fellows have joined the Synthetic Biology FSP team, driving the research program in new directions, particularly in the recently-added Health Domain.
Dr Mark Tizard was interviewed as part of a BBC radio program on genetic technologies and animal foods, talking about the promise of gene editing for determining the sex of chickens before they hatch.
Congratulations to the recipients of the SynBio FSP PhD Top-up scholarships. Projects represent an exciting range of research across the FSP’s Domains.
Dr Andy Sheppard was on ABC’s Nightlife radio program to discuss invasive species in Australia and how new technologies like gene drive could offer management solutions in the future.
Dr Mark Tizard was on ABC RN’s The Science Show to talk about CSIRO’s work using the CRISPR-Cas9 system to target the toxin produced by cane toads, which has proved lethal to Australian wildlife that eat the toads.
The Engineering Resilience: Synthetic Biology Solutions to Environmental Change symposium brought together researchers from around the globe to discuss some of the major conservation problems caused by environmental change and to identify possible synthetic biology solutions.