Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of the Moon and Mars? Berkeley Lab researchers have used synthetic biology to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial-based alternative to the world’s most effective anti-malaria drug, and to develop clean, green and sustainable alternatives to gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. In the future, synthetic biology could also be used to make manned space missions more practical.
Synthetic biology could be a key to manned space exploration of Mars.
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This research was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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