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Synthetic biology hacks the code for sustainability

The following is adapted from State of Green Business 2018 , published by GreenBiz in partnership with Trucost. Biology, the scientific study of life at every level, shows how organisms — from single cells to human bodies — stay diverse and productive over time. We study biology in part to better understand our bodies, our resources and the potential threats to our environment. Oversimplified, biology plus chemistry plus physics makes all life possible. Now, add to that equation: engineering. That's the mashup behind synthetic biology, a relatively new scientific field. Its roots trace to the early 1960s, but it's been only since the 1990s, with the advent of the genomics revolution and the rise of systems biology, that scientists developed a rigorous engineering discipline to create, control and program cellular behavior. Today, synthetic biology — "synbio," for short — i...

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