Synthetic biology, sustainable energy and sustainable development

Author(s): Ying Jian Chen

Synthetic biology is a set of tools and techniques which redesign of existing biological systems to perform specific tasks. New applications may be found in energy, medicine, environment and materials. In this paper, we first focus on the definition of synthetic biology as well as the potential applications and key challenges, then the role of synthetic biology in producing biofuel and the relations between sustainable energy and sustainable development are discussed. Finally, several key points to achieve sustainable development are summarized.

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