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Using Fundamental Biology to Counter Climate Change

The challenges presented by climate change are wide-ranging — and so must be science’s response.
In this Director’s Dialogue, three Whitehead Institute scientists speak with Ruth Lehmann about exciting opportunities for leveraging fundamental biological research to create biotechnologies that address some of climate change’s vexing effects.
At this event, they will discuss, for example, plant biology research aiming to combat food insecurity by creating heartier and more diverse feed crops. Plus new research approaches that enable scientists to sustainably synthesize therapeutic compounds from plants, and to pinpoint (and replicate) the genetic drivers of certain plants’ ability to thrive in difficult climates. And we will consider an exciting new strategy for carbon-sequestration.
Join the Whitehead Institute as they consider the meaningful role that basic biology can play in mitigating the effects of climate change.