Where will biotech have the biggest climate impact?

Microbes, meat and materials: where biotech might beat out electrochemistry.

Biotech has enormous potential across a wide array of climate solutions. It can be used to create alternative proteins, remove carbon from the atmosphere, clean up fertilizer or create renewable fuels. But it also comes with some scaling challenges. 

This week, Shayle talks about the intersection of biotech and climatetech with Arye Lipman, a biologist and a general partner at MarsBio, a bio-focused early-stage fund. He also writes a Substack newsletter on biotech called The Last Great Mystery.

Arye and Shayle talk about the dream of synthetic biology: to use biology like a software platform and program cells to make whatever you want. Arye is cautious on this front and points out the areas where biotech is limited.

They also cover lab-grown meat, building materials, microbes to fix nitrogen in the soil, genetically engineering plants to sequester more carbon and Shayle’s fungal biomass chaise lounge.

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