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Battelle Tapped to Help U.S. Government Prevent the Intentional or Accidental Creation of Synthetic Biological Threats

IARPA to Develop Computational Tools to Identify and Characterize Nucleic Acid Sequences of Concern COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 9, 2018)— Battelle has been awarded a contract by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop threat assessment software to help prevent the creation of [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Bioethics & Public Policy, Synthetic Biology News|

Opinion: The GOP Tax Bill Could Derail Synthetic Biology

Under the House version of the GOP tax plan, students pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S. would see their taxes explode (up 100 to 300%). Because many of us grad students are already living on the edge of poverty, [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|Bioethics & Public Policy, Synthetic Biology News|

Make Science Great Again (for the General Public)

“Scientists, while competent, are not necessarily warm.” This is how the subject studies of Princeton Scholar Dr. Susan Fiske classified scientists in comparison with a variety of other occupations. The study focused on these two key dimensions to see how [...]

Food Evolution Explores the Science and Real-world Implications of GMOs

Food Evolution, a documentary directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, opens by showing the deliberations of a county council on Hawaii’s Big Island. They debate whether or not to turn the island into a GMO-free [...]

USDA to Re-engage Stakeholders on Revisions to Biotechnology Regulations

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the Agency’s biotechnology regulations and will re-engage with stakeholders to determine the [...]

Upgrading Biosafety and Biosecurity: Open Philanthropy awards $700K for DIYbio

NEW YORK, September 22, 2017 — The Open Philanthropy Project awarded two grants totaling $706,750 to Genspace and North Carolina State University to evaluate and support the creation of biosafety and biosecurity practices around Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio). Over the last [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|Bioethics & Public Policy, Synthetic Biology News|