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Bioengineers today emphasize the crucial ingredient Dr. Frankenstein forgot – responsibility

Victor Frankenstein’s mistakes serve as cautionary lessons. Etienne Marais/Pexels, CC BY Ian Haydon, University of Washington Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and relevant — especially [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Bioethics & Public Policy, Synthetic Biology News|

Biotech Needs Better External Innovation Networks and Think Tanks (Part I)

When we think about forests, we think about trees. Trees are important, but their vitality depends on fungal mycelium, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and many other unseen microbial players. Science and technology are the most salient features in biotech, yet they exist [...]

Future Shock: What the World Economic Forum had to say about CRISPR

This year’s World Economic Forum is a wrap. Presidents, chief executives, policy wonks and futurists from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the state of the economy, global governance,  and — in a panel [...]

By | February 3rd, 2018|Bioethics & Public Policy, Synthetic Biology News|

Responsible and Sustainable Synthetic Biology in Africa

This article reviews the state of synthetic biology (SB) in Africa, its potential benefits, and ways to ensure its responsible development there. The latest phase of biotechnological innovation, SB is the modification of organisms for user defined purposes. Without doubt, [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Bioethics & Public Policy, Synthetic Biology News|

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|