Governance / Policy / Regulatory Issues

past event • 11/08/13The Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology Research: A Look at the Potential Impacts

VIDEO ADDED: A report from the Synthetic Biology Project looks at how the UN's Nagoya Protocol may affect U.S. researchers working in the field of synthetic biology.

DIYbio Survey Results
Publications • 09/09/13DIYbio Survey Results

The first-ever survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) practitioners by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars finds the community to be far different from fearful and often sensationalist media representations. This document features the raw results of the survey.

Project news • 08/08/13Startup Looks at Synthetic Biology for Mining Applications

In our latest podcast, we talked to Patrick Nee of Universal Bio Mining about the regulations and the use of synthetic biology in the mining indsutry.

Project news • 06/20/13NY Times Op-Ed Explores Fallout from Supreme Court Genetics Case

In a new op-ed, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the implications from the recent Myriad court decision.

Project news • 06/10/13 MIT and Wilson Center Receive NSF Grant to Develop Synthetic Biology Research Agenda

The MIT Center for International Studies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are collaborating on a $233,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help realize potential benefits and address potential ecological effects of synthetic biology.

past event • 06/03/13Stranger Visions: The DNA You Leave Behind

VIDEO ADDED: In this exhibit/policy discussion, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg will discuss her Stranger Visions project and discuss the bioethical, legal and policy dimensions of the work with a panel of experts.

Project news • 04/30/13 Synthetic Biology Research Community Grows Significantly

A new analysis by the Synthetic Biology Project finds the number of private and public entities conducting research in synthetic biology worldwide grew significantly between 2009 and 2013.

Project news • 04/10/13Presentation Summarizes Recent Public Perception Work

In a recent presentation, Synthetic Biology Project Director David Rejeski explores the narratives and media headlines surrounding the technology.

Project news • 03/04/13New Article Explores Growing DIYbio Movement

The Synthetic Biology Project's Todd Kuiken looks at the growing world of DIYbio in a piece in the March issue of The Scientist -- focusing on the movement's largely proactive approach to safety and security issues.

Project news • 01/23/13 Policy Brief Looks at Bio-Economy Governance

A new policy brief from the Wilson Center looks at a host of challenges unique to the growing bio-economy.

past event • 12/14/12Workshop on Data Needs and Testing Methods for Assessing the Field Release of Synthetically Designed Algae

A workshop hosted by the Synthetic Biology Project, MIT Program on Emerging Technologies and EPA to determine the data needs and testing methods for the environmental release of synthetically designed algae and to assess the ecological effects and risks of synthetic organisms.

Project news • 09/26/12Panel Discussion on Synthetic Biology

The DC Science Cafe is holding a discussion on Oct. 23, 2012 in Washington about the "promise and perils" of synthetic biology featuring Todd Kuiken of the Synthetic Biology Project and Debra Mathews of Johns Hopkins University.

Project news • 07/16/12 Synthetic Biology Scorecard Finds Federal Agencies Responding to Presidential Bioethics Commission Report

The updated Synthetic Biology Scorecard finds increase federal action to address recommendations in the Presidential Bioethics Commission report, though more work is needed.

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