Synthetic biology meets SDGs

  • Bioremediation and biosensors: Bioremediation refers to the employment of micro-organisms and engineered biosensors for the removal of pollutants, pathogens and contaminants from the environment.
  • Biofuels: to decrease reliance on non-renewable energy sources, synthetic biologists can design organisms for the creation of biofuels.
  • Bioplastics: Plastics generated from renewable biomass materials like agricultural by-products are a great opportunity to decrease dependence on fossil energy sources.
  • Agriculture: From increasing crop yield to pest control, there are various approaches scientists can take to find solutions.
  • Synthetic drugs and chemicals: Synthetic biology can not only help decrease the dependence on plant and animal sources for drugs and chemicals, which has substantial ethical implications, but is also an exciting tool to develop less environmentally damaging chemicals and drugs with fewer side effects.
  • Suppression of disease vector populations: with the help of gene drive technology, synthetic biology can aid the suppression of disease vector populations, such as malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.
  • many more



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Fynn Comerford

Fynn Comerford

BSc Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh | Founder at Edinburgh’s first student-run accelerator | iGEM synthetic biology participant | Filmmaker