Future of Agriculture Podcast Host, Tim Hammerich, interviewed Dr. John Cumbers who is the founder of SynBioBeta. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown University, his MSc in Bioinformatics from Edinburgh University, and a degree in Computer Science with Information Engineering from the University of Hull. He explains what SynBioBeta stands for, what they want to accomplish, and the innovations we can look forward to as consumers. He shares his thoughts on lab-grown meat, the Anti-GMO crowds, and the future of Mars exploration. John also discusses what we can look forward to from their Beta Space Event. 

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“Synthetic biology is not actually what you do – it’s the way you do it.” – Dr. John Cumbers

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • What SynBioBeta is and what they aim to achieve with synthetic biology.

  • The innovations synthetic biology has made possible.

  • His thoughts on plant-based meats and cell-based meats.

  • How Rural America can benefit from what he calls the “Bio Belt.”

  • What needs to happen to pursue a “Bio Belt” hub program.

  • How the Anti-GMO community reacts to their technological innovations.

  • Why everybody should have a bio strategy.

  • What extremophiles are and how they can help produce food in space.

  • His opinion on the future of Mars exploration.

  • What people can look forward to the Beta Space event.

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