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Project news • 09/02/10Public Policy Scholar Pauwels Testifies before Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts at the United Nations

The August 25 Seminar on the margins of the 2010 meetings of the BWC marked the culmination of 3 years of engagement on synthetic biology. The Seminar briefed the BWC community on non-security challenges raised by synthetic biology and illustrated how they are being dealt with.

Project news • 07/06/10Project Director Rejeski Testifies before Bioethics Commission

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues held its first meeting on July 8-9. David Rejeski testified on the ethical issues of synthetic biology.

Project news • 06/29/10 Responsible Science for Do-It-Yourself Biologists

The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center is partnering with, on a project to ensure safety within the rapidly expanding community of amateur biologists.

Project news • 06/07/10 Government Funding for Synthetic Biology on the Rise

The Synthetic Biology Project found that the U.S. government has spent around $430 million on research related to synthetic biology since 2005, funded in large part by the Department of Energy.

Project news • 06/04/10Rogue Scientists and an Experiment Gone Wrong

SPLICE is a theatrical depiction of rebellious scientists manipulating DNA. Share your thoughts about the movie.

Project news • 05/21/10Synthetic Biology Project Director Discusses Synthetic Life on NPR

David Rejeski discusses the ethics of creating synthetic life on NPR's All Things Considered.

Project news • 04/26/10 Reinventing Technology Assessment for the 21st Century

A new report defines the criteria for a new technology assessment function in the United States, emphasizing the need to incorporate citizen-participation methods to complement expert analysis.

Project news • 10/28/09Nearly Live from iGEM with the Synthetic Biology Project

The Synthetic Biology Project will be covering this year's International Genetically Engineered Machine competition at MIT. Stay tuned for nearly live video interviews with some of this year's contestants.

Project news • 09/29/09Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology: What does the American public think?

A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies found 90 percent of Americans think that the public should be better informed about the development of cutting-edge technologies.

Project news • 09/22/09 Synthetic Biology Project Receives Two National Science Foundation Grants

The Synthetic Biology project recently received two grants from the National Science Foundation to support a Transatlantic Exploratory Workshop on the Implications of Cutting-Edge Biotechnologies for Sustainability Science and Policy, and research on the use of on-line prediction markets to explore emerging issues in synthetic biology.

Project news • 07/21/09Synthetic Biology Project Director speaks at NAS

David Rejeski discusses "Public Perceptions On The Technological Frontier" at the National Academies.

Project news • 07/20/09Synthetic Biology on the Radio

Synthetic Biology Project director discusses opportunities and challenges of synthetic biology on The Kojo Nnamdi Show (NPR).

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.

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