Jun 302017

The first synthetic biology update of 2017 is here. In just a few pages and without requiring a background in science to understand, the update is designed to give you some insights into the applications of synthetic biology making headlines. Inside you’ll find updates on:

  • gene drives
  • hypothetical bioweapons
  • cyborg dragonflies
  • synthetic biology food
  • bacteria that may eat plastic
  • synthetic biology soil
  • hacking photosynthesis
  • fully synthetic viruses
  • using synthetic biology in living animals
  • why “de-extincting” the woolly mammoth is fake news
  • synthetic biology perfume and beer


Download the synthetic biology update (PDF)

What are the ethical, ecological, social, and spiritual dimensions of each of these possible applications of synthetic biology? Why are Canadian Quakers interested? Learn more.

Registration is now open for the conference Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food. From November 2 to 4 in Toronto you can join people of faith, farmers, youth, scientists, and experts from around the world interested in the questions of how synthetic biology relates to the food we eat.
Next month look for a synthetic biology position paper from Canadian Friends Service Committee where we offer our thoughts on the big issues in the field.