SOLD OUT: How Synthetic Biology can help with Biodiversity Conservation

April 23, 2022, 8:30 am -
12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how synthetic biology can help conserve biodiversity in nature?

Many molecules and dyes are extracted from plants. Whether it be from the plant’s stem, flowers, leaves, or seeds, when these molecules or dyes are extracted, the entire plant is often destroyed upon extraction, leaving nothing to put back into its original habitat.

Twist Bioscience, a leader in the synthetic biology industry, is helping to alleviate some of the burden that these plants take on so that they can continue to thrive in their own habitat. We are able to synthetically print the DNA used to generate many of these molecules and dyes so that the plant doesn’t have to be destroyed. Not only does this help keep the plant where it belongs and allows for it to be a member of a complex and interconnected environment, but it also allows for less agricultural crops to be needed, which can free up large plots of land, avoid erosion and decrease pollution generated by pesticides.

In this guided tour, we invite you to take a walk with us in the San Bruno Mountain State and County Park where we will explore many native and non-native plants in the area, as well as focus on some of the plants that are often destroyed for their dyes and molecules.

The suggested minimum age for this event is 8 years old.

Note: This event is now full.

Venue / Location

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park
555 Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy

COVID Information for this event

This Bay Area Science Festival event is an outdoor event that is following the county guidelines of San Mateo County.

Event Hosts

Twist Bioscience makes synthetic DNA to improve health and sustainability. We work in service of customers who are changing the world for the better. In fields such as medicine, agriculture, industrial chemicals and data storage, by using our synthetic DNA tools, our customers are developing ways to better lives and improve the sustainability of the planet.

COVID Safety

The Bay Area Science Festival will manage all in-person events with the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, hosts, exhibitors, and guests in mind. In response to COVID-19, we will be implementing public health requirements for all event hosts and attendees in accordance with local and state guidelines in order to celebrate science safely throughout the Bay Area. 

The Bay Area Science Festival encourages you to get vaccinated, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Be sure to check back for updated and more detailed COVID safety information prior to attending.

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