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How gene editing could reduce the cost of cosmetics

The cosmetics business has exploited natural resources for centuries. With consumers now demanding more sustainable products, gene-editing technology could give the industry a makeover—and make cosmetics cheaper.

00:00 - Could gene editing make cosmetics more sustainable?
01:01 - Hunting sharks for skincare
02:58 - How does synthetic biology work?
05:39 - What is the environmental cost of plant-based cosmetics?
07:45 - Can engineered microbes digest plastic?
09:18 - How to scale up gene edited ingredients
09:40 - How affordable is DNA sequencing?
10:45 - What are the regulations?

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