The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce -- and in a way not seen in plants and animals.
Biological innovations have the potential to address 45% of the world's current disease burden and to produce 60% of our physical inputs into the global economy in the next 10-20 years.
Researchers can now design and mass-produce genetic material — a technique that helped build the mRNA vaccines. What could it give us next?
Synthetic biology, proponents say, holds the promise of reprogramming biology to be more powerful and then mass-producing the turbocharged cells to increase food production, fight disease, generate energy, purify water and devour carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
In a bid to ensure food security through productive, disease-resistant plants, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology had proposed a radical solution: turn back the evolutionary clock.