In The News — 31 December 2013

A relatively new fungus has killed over 6 million North American bats with a mortality rate that reaches 100%. Bats play an integral part of human existence too as they  contribute greatly to a variety of food chains. They help fertilize crops, eat nectar and they eat many insects that would otherwise destroy many agricultural fields and therefore the livelihoods of many farmers.  Some scientists are suggesting utilizing synthetic biology as a possible solution instead of introducing a new pesticide to kill the fungus as that pesticide will likely have other negative and unforeseen consequences.

 

It is possible, however, that synthetic biology could be used to intervene in some way, either by directly attacking the non-native fungus or by interfering with its attack on bats, thereby benefiting both biodiversity and food production.

 

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel works for Genome Compiler, a biotech start up in Tel Aviv, Israel which offers a new and convenient solution for genetic design and production. She an editor and author for GetSynBio where she strives to bring all synthetic biology content together. Rachel is originally from New York and received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rachel has lived and worked in Peru, Spain, Italy and Israel.

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