FAST FIVE: Synthetic Biology: The $3.6 Trillion Science Changing Life As We Know It

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One example of this is synbio's role in cellular agriculture, which is when meat is created from cells directly.

Materials and Energy Production Synbio could also be used to boost efficiency in clean energy and biofuel production.

The Potential Risks of Synbio While the potential economic and societal benefits of synthetic biology are vast, there are a number of risks to be aware of as well: Unintended biological consequences: Making tweaks to any biological system can have ripple effects across entire ecosystems or species.

Certain synbio applications, such as embryo editing, are controversial.

According to a group of scientists at the University of Edinburgh, communication between the public, synthetic biologists, and political decision-makers is crucial so that these societal and environmental risks can be mitigated.

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