Despite recent calls from US watchdog groups to dial back synthetic biology research until regulations can be put in place, in the UK, the government has declared synthetic biology "a research priority" that could "lead to a new industrial revolution," reports Johnjoe McFadden at The Guardian. "It may be that synthetic biology is our best hope of preserving life on our planet," he says. The discipline could help save endangered ecosystems, provide new forms of energy and fuel, and feed people who can't grow traditional crops where they live. There are also dangers, McFadden adds, but doing nothing to solve problems that may, in part, be helped by advances in synthetic biology is also dangerous.
It's Not All Bad
Mar 30, 2012