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Synthetic biology and biodiversity

With a growing number of applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural and energy sectors, synthetic biology may propose solutions to some of the greatest environmental challenges, such as climate change and scarcity of clean water. However, the introduction of novel, synthetic organisms may also pose a high risk for natural ecosystems. Read our Future Brief outlining benefits, risks, issues and techniques to find out more, or check out our infographics on some of the history and science behind synthetic biology.