Right now, you’re living in a kind of industrial revolution – where biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing and automation all come together to form synthetic biology.
The University of Queensland and CSIRO are building a new world-class $4.5 million initiative to boost Australia’s synthetic biology capabilities.
Synthetic biology could reshape the global industrial landscape, creating opportunities and challenges for Australian firms, according to a new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).
The dizzying amount of banned substances and doping techniques that are known to be in use by some athletes in elite sports has made the challenge of detecting them immense. Using synthetic biology to re-engineer a common diagnostic tool, we might be on the verge of a revolution in our capacity to catch cheats.
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.