Today, scientists are using synthetic biology to grow furniture out of fungi. Tomorrow, they may use using it to grow settlers new homes on Mars. And of course, such structures are just one of many potential applications. Synthetic biology could also allow us to create medicinal microbes that live inside of us, bioplastics that are made out of wastewater, new forms of fuel, and so much morel. Here, synthetic biologist John Cumbers explains why GMOs could be Earth’s best hope for a sustainable future.
John Cumbers is the founder of SynBioBeta, the first hub for engineers, investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs who use biology to build a better and more sustainable world. He is also part of NASA's Synthetic Space Biology Program, where he works on mission design for the use of space resources and life support. In 2011, he launched SynBio Launchpad, an incubator for synthetic biology companies.