As the world’s population swells, and resources like water become ever more precious, we are approaching a vexing problem: the need to feed more people, using less land, and creating fewer emissions. The answer, according to many is Synthetic Biology, utilising tiny organisms to produce much of what we need. With a little engineering these micro-marvels can be made to produce all manner of different things including cow-free milk, fibres for sustainable fashion and even medicines.
Paul Bertsch is the current interim Queensland Chief Scientist where he provides high-level advice to government on the role of science and research to meet Queensland’s challenges. He is also...View Profile
Claudia Vickers holds dual roles as Director of CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform and Group Leader at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Her research...View Profile
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