Governance / Policy / Regulatory Issues

past event • 06/29/12Managing Uncertainty: How to Assess, Test and Demonstrate Safety for Synthetic Biology Applications

The Wilson Center on June 29 hosted a workshop to examine the environmental implications of synthetic biology, bringing together experts from multiple scientific fields, industry, and public interest groups.

past event • 04/18/12 Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology: Is the Precautionary Principle Needed?

View the Synthetic Biology Project's April 18 panel discussion of new report from 113 NGOs calling for officials to observe the precautionary principle in regulating synthetic biology, including a moratorium on commercial uses.

past event • 03/27/12 The Art of Synthetic Biology Governance

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Claire Marris about the concepts of "scientific uncertainty" and "cross-borderness" in synthetic biology governance.

Project news • 03/13/12 The Societal Impacts of Synthetic Biology

A new online survey seeks public opinion about the most pressing ethical, legal, and social implications of synthetic biology.

Project news • 02/29/12 How Do You Stop a Synthetic-Biology Disaster?

A new editorial in the journal Nature is calling for $20 million to $30 million in research over the next ten years to study the potential ecological risks of synthetic biology.

Project news • 02/08/12 The Governance of Synthetic Biology

Check out the project's online scorecard to track efforts to better govern synthetic biology research and development, focusing on recommendations from the presidential bioethics commission.

Project news • 01/13/12New EC Publication Marks New Strategy Towards Responsible Innovation

The European Commission's Science in Society Programme reflects on how to proceed towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technology fields.

past event • 09/28/11Environmental and Social Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life

Invited panelists will discuss the science behind synthetic biology, the risks this emerging technology poses to the environment and human health, as well as the socio-economic issues arising from a new “bio-economy” enabled by synthetic biology.

past event • 07/28/11Comprehensive Environmental Assessment and Its Application to Synthetic Biology Applications

A workshop was held to test a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment framework for its ability to identify important research questions to support future ecological risk assessments of synthetic biology applications, using a case study of cyanobacteria engineered to produce industrial products.

past event • 07/20/11Issues arising from Synthetic Biology: What Lies Ahead?

Join us to discuss the findings from a Synthetic Biology Project workshop on "over the horizon" synbio issues.

Project news • 05/23/11New LSE BIOS Report Addresses Synbio Challenges

A new working paper from LSE BIOS proposes an "art of governance" to address governance challenges.

Project news • 03/31/11Eurobarometer Report finds Europeans largely unaware of synthetic biology

Europeans consider genetically modified food to be probably unsafe or even harmful, they are largely unaware of synthetic biology--only 17% of Europeans have heard of the science.

past event • 03/25/11President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues - The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Join us to discuss the Presidential Commission on Bioethics report calling for enhanced oversight of synthetic biology.

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