Synthetic biology and the conservation of biodiversity

Author(s): Kent H. Redford, William Adams, Rob Carlson, Georgina M. Mace and Bertina Ceccarelli

Publication: Fauna & Flora International

Publication Date: 2014

Abstract: Synthetic biology is a broad and fast-moving field of innovation involving the design and construction of new biological parts, and the redesign of existing, natural biological systems to address real world problems. It has many potential applications that may change human relations to the natural world. Synthetic biology is virtually unknown to the conservation community. Based on a meeting in 2013 that brought together these two communities we consider first the differences between the two fields, and second the kinds of opportunities and risks that arise.

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