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Visioning synthetic futures for yeast research within the context of current global techno-political trends
  • Isak Pretorius,
  • Thomas A. Dixon,
  • R.S.K. Walker
Isak Pretorius
Macquarie University

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Thomas A. Dixon
Macquarie University
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R.S.K. Walker
Macquarie University
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Yeast research is entering into a new period of scholarship, with new scientific tools, new questions to ask, and new issues to consider. The politics of emerging and critical technology can no longer be separated from the pursuit of basic science in fields, such as synthetic biology and engineering biology. Given the intensifying race for technological leadership, yeast research is likely to attract significant investment from government, and that it offers huge opportunities to the curious minded from a basic research standpoint. This article provides an overview of new directions in yeast research, and places these trends in their geopolitical context. At the highest level, yeast research is situated within the ongoing convergence of the life sciences with the information sciences. This convergent effect is most strongly pronounced in areas of AI-enabled tools for the life sciences, and the creation of synthetic genomes, minimal genomes, pan-genomes, neochromosomes and metagenomes using computer assisted design tools and methodologies. Synthetic yeast futures encompass basic and applied science questions that will be of intense interest to government and non-government funding sources. It is essential for the yeast research community to map and understand the context of their research in order to ensure their collaborations turn global challenges into research opportunities.
22 Jun 2023Submitted to Yeast
22 Jun 2023Submission Checks Completed
22 Jun 2023Assigned to Editor
22 Jun 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Jun 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
30 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
07 Aug 20231st Revision Received
08 Aug 2023Submission Checks Completed
08 Aug 2023Assigned to Editor
08 Aug 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
15 Aug 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
21 Aug 2023Editorial Decision: Accept