A novel process was developed by Chinese researchers using synthetic biology to cultivate starch from carbon dioxide, thus eliminating the need for crops in the equation. The process, which only takes a few hours to complete compared with several months using plants, is still in the early stage of development.
Astellas has started using blister packaging made from biomass-based plastics using sugarcane-derived polyethylene, the first of its kind in the world. The company's adoption of biomass-based plastics for its blister packages is one of Astellas' strategic goals in its Corporate Strategic Plan 2021 known as "Deepen our Engagement in Sustainability."
Canfor Corp. announced plans to invest in the construction of Arbios Biotech's biofuel plant, which will convert sawmill residues to biofuel. "Our decision, as part of the Arbios joint venture, to support investment in a state-of-the-art biomass to low carbon biofuel plant in British Columbia is a demonstration of our commitment," said Canfor CEO and President Don Kayne.
A new gene-editing system is the smallest yet -- which may make it ideal for tweaking the genome of living organisms. The system, derived from the defenses of single-cell organisms called archaea, is similar to the famous CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool but much smaller, making it compatible with proven delivery vessels such as lipid nanoparticles and adeno-associated viruses.
Henrietta Lacks' family has file a lawsuit against Thermo Fisher Scientific, asserting that the company took Henrietta Lacks' cervical cancer cells without consent and continued to derive profits from them, even after the unethical origins of the cells became known.
Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry in Germany used genetic engineering to develop purple tomatoes. They inserted betanin biosynthesis genes extracted from beets into the fruit to achieve this effect.