Plants and Pipettes

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Spinach and strawberries – artificial photosynthesis at the interphase of nature and technology

This week, we’re diving into a science paper that was hard to miss. It’s all about creating artificial photosynthesis using spinach chloroplasts. We also talk about our favourite genome duplication events and news in the world of science.

Paper of the week: Miller, T. E., Beneyton, T., Schwander, T., Diehl, C., Girault, M., McLean, R., … Erb, T. J. (2020). Light-powered CO 2 fixation in a chloroplast mimic with natural and synthetic parts. Science, 368(6491), 649–654. 

Also check out this article about the paper

@CatharticOutlet asked us what our favourite genome duplication event is. Joram’s is strawberries. This paper talks about the octoploid strawberry genome.

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