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The Odd Couple: Can Bioengineering Protect Nature?

Jessica Griggs
New Scientist, 10 December 2013 

Credit: Paul Wearing

Would Like To Meet: Someone with verve and youthful optimism; a risk-taker who believes they can change the world for the better. Me? A little jaded, I suppose. Age? Oh, I wouldn't like to say, but old enough to have been burned a few times.
And so a blind date was arranged. Both parties were unsure what to expect yet sufficiently intrigued to show up. For a few days in April, a group of conservationists and a group of synthetic biologists sat down together for the first time at the University of Cambridge. The idea was to get to know each other a little better and see if techniques from synthetic biology could help solve some of the most intractable problems that conservationists have been wrestling with for decades.
It was a bold idea. You could hardly find two more ill-matched scientific disciplines. Synthetic ...

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