Governance / Policy / Regulatory Issues

Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology
Publications • 06/24/09Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology

A new report presents a framework for addressing the social and ethical issues surrounding the emerging field of synthetic biology.

past event • 06/24/09Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology

A new report from the Hastings Center and Synthetic Biology Project calls for a comprehensive approach to addressing ethical and social issues of emerging technologies as a whole so that scarce intellectual resources can be used optimally.

Project news • 06/24/09 Does Synthetic Biology Need Synthesized Ethics?

A comprehensive ethical approach is needed to more readily identify and address ethical challenges and foster a productive public dialogue about social implications, according to a new report.

past event • 06/17/09Synthetic Biology: Feasibility of the Open Source Movement

Some synthetic biologists are building their own brand of open-source science in an effort to enable synthetic biology's potential. Will this open source movement succeed? What level of IP protection is needed?

New Life, Old Bottles
Publications • 03/25/09New Life, Old Bottles

Examines the benefits and drawbacks of using the existing U.S. regulatory framework for biotechnology to cover the new products and processes enabled by synthetic biology.

past event • 03/25/09Popping the Cork on Synthetic Biology

"Laws like the Toxic Substances Control Act and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act simply were not designed to handle 21st century advances.," contends Michael Rodemeyer in his new report, New Life, Old Bottles...

Project news • 03/25/09 Synthetic Biology: The Next Biotech Revolution Is Brewing

The safety of early applications of synthetic biology may be adequately addressed by the existing regulatory framework for biotechnology, but further advances in this emerging field are likely to create significant challenges for U.S. government oversight, according to a new report.

past event • 02/20/09Upcoming Synbio Events around the World

A periodically updated list of synthetic biology events and conferences

Project news • 02/12/09A Framework for Exploring the Ethical and Social Issues of Emerging Technologies

Recent action in Congress to reauthorize the U.S. federal nanotechnology research program offers the chance to address the social and ethical issues concerning the emerging scientific field, experts say. A newly released report emphasizes ways in which these topics intersect with governmental functions and responsibilities.

Project news • 12/17/08 Importance of Synthetic Biology in the 21st Century

The Synthetic Biology Project is being launched to identify gaps in our knowledge of the potential risks of the field, explore public perceptions towards it, and examine governance options that will both ensure public safety and facilitate innovation. Take the quiz! Winners Announced!

past event • 11/14/08Synthetic Biology: Coming up Fast!

Synthetic biology is being touted by scientists and venture capitalists as “the next big thing.” Researchers claim to be on the brink of creating artificial life in a laboratory and making the world’s first synthetic microbes. But will the promises and pitfalls of synthetic biology catch governments, ethicists, experts, and the public by surprise?

Project news • 11/07/08Synthetic Biology on the Nanofrontier?

Mechanical engineers use off the shelf tools and components to create their products, and in Jay Keasling’s vision, genetic engineers will one day soon have similar resources at their disposal.

Trends in American & European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology
Publications • 11/01/08Trends in American & European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology

Tracking the last five years of media coverage

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