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Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Funds New Research Focus

The Biosystems Design (BSD) research theme focuses on the development and application of synthetic biology tools for the design of improved or novel biological systems to produce better crops, new methods of drug production, novel medical treatments, or other biotechnological innovations. Synthetic biology was launched with bacteria and yeast, but our ability to reprogram higher eukaryotes is rather limited. Therefore, by addressing the most fundamental issues in eukaryotic synthetic biology, the theme is creating new methods to tackle two grand challenges facing human society: health and sustainability.