Are you an Australian school student interested in synthetic biology?
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Synthetic biology is about designing living things, and all the tools, concepts, opportunities and risks that go with it. What scares and excites you about synthetic biology? Imagine what the world will be like when masses of digital information can be stored in DNA, when DNA molecules can be physically manipulated into biological tools like paper into origami, when scientists can build organisms like engineers build bridges, when we can produce ‘alien’ life forms on our own planet. Think about what synthetic biology can do to help solve the problems that we face now and may face in the future.
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Demonstrate research, understanding and imagination.
Your response should consider what kinds of problems we face, both present and in future, that may be solved by current advancements in synthetic biology. You can write a futuristic lab report or a news article, a diary entry, an essay or whatever you like! However, the best entries will be scientifically credible and not devolve into fantasy. This means your entry will include only established science or a logical extension of established science. The best entries will clearly show an understanding of genetics and synthetic biology, as well as engaging with ethical, technological, environmental or social issues that may arise in the future.