In the US, 80 per cent of students in forensic courses are female. Shari Forbes, director of the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) – known as Australia’s first “body farm”, where decomposition is studied – says the figure at the University of Technology Sydney is similar. And at NSW Health Pathology the workplace is also about 80 per cent female.
Imagine wheat resistant to climate change or trees that purify water supplies. That is not too far-fetched. It took 10 years, but Dr. Jef Boeke and scientists in 11 other labs on four continents finally figured out a way to create DNA from scratch. And it starts with yeast.