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What Does Syn Bio mean for Asia-Pacific?
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What Does Syn Bio mean for Asia-Pacific?

This overview briefing explores how the new wave of synthetic biology may affect the biodiversity, farmers, and national sovereignty of the Asia-Pacific Region. DOWNLOAD: EN: Asia Regional Briefing_FINAL.pdf FR: SyntheticBiologyAsiaPacificFrench.pdf

What Does Syn Bio mean for Africa?
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What Does Syn Bio mean for Africa?

This overview briefing explores how the new wave of synthetic biology may affect the biodiversity, farmers, and national sovereignty of African countries. DOWNLOAD: EN: Africa Regional Briefing.pdf PT: SyntheticBiologyAfricaPortuguese.pdf FR: SyntheticBiologyAfricaFrench.pdf

What Does Syn Bio mean for Latin America & The Caribbean?
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What Does Syn Bio mean for Latin America & The Caribbean?

This overview briefing explores how the new wave of synthetic biology may affect the biodiversity, farmers, and national sovereignty of Latin America and the Caribbean. TÉLÉCHARGEZ:: EN: Latin America Regional Briefing.pdf FR: SyntheticBiologyLatinAmericaFrench.pdf ES: SyntheticBiologyLatinAmericaSpanish.pdf PT: SyntheticBiologyLatinAmericaPortuguese.pdf

Sequence information: A Key Topic for the Biodiversity Convention
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Sequence information: A Key Topic for the Biodiversity Convention

Previously, genetic resources (eg genes) could only be shared by transfer of physical specimens. New technological developments now allow genetic information to be coded, stored, transferred and downloaded digitally. This briefing examines the benefit-sharing implications of these technological developments. DOWNLOAD: EN: BICSBAG_Digital Sequence Info Briefing ES: DigitalSequenceInformationSpanish.pdf PT: DigitalSequenceInformationPortuguese.pdf FR: DigitalSequenceInformationFrench.pdf

Synthetic Gene Drives: Genetic Engineering Goes Wild
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Synthetic Gene Drives: Genetic Engineering Goes Wild

New gene editing techniques have made it possible to build human-designed, synthetic gene drives where a genetically engineered trait can be deliberately spread through an entire population by releasing only a few engineered organisms. Proposals are rapidly advancing to use synthetic gene drives to alter wild and domestic populations, which may impact ecosystems and biodiversity...

Synthetic Biology and AI-enabled Biosynthesis – the Implications for Biodiversity and Farmer Livelihoods
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Synthetic Biology and AI-enabled Biosynthesis – the Implications for Biodiversity and Farmer Livelihoods

Biosynthesis refers to tweaking existing biological systems or constructing entirely new biological parts, devices and systems. The biosynthesis industry aims to turn organisms into “living factories” to produce high-value substances like those found in  vanilla, stevia, silk or shea butter. AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics have increased the ability to develop new biosynthetic products. There...