Engineering biology and climate change mitigation: policy considerations

Jonathan Symons*, Thomas A. Dixon, Jacqueline Dalziell, Natalie Curach, Ian T. Paulsen, Anthony Wiskich, Isak S. Pretorius

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Abstract

Engineering biology (EngBio) is a dynamic field that uses gene editing, synthesis, assembly, and engineering to design new or modified biological systems. EngBio applications could make a significant contribution to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, policy support will be needed if EngBio is to fulfil its climate mitigation potential. What form should such policies take, and what EngBio applications should they target? This paper reviews EngBio’s potential climate contributions to assist policymakers shape regulations and target resources and, in so doing, to facilitate democratic deliberation on desirable futures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2669
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalNature Communications
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2024

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