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...

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.

past event • 01/08/09 Synthetic Biology: Is Ethics a Showstopper?

Synthetic biology promises to enable cheap, lifesaving new drugs to treat the 350-500 million people who suffer from malaria, and to create innovative biofuels that can help solve the world’s energy problems. But are synthetic biologists playing God? Will synthetic biology’s expected products and profits be stymied by policymakers and the public?

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

Project news • 09/30/08 Americans Don’t Know What’s Coming

A groundbreaking poll has found that nearly nine in 10 Americans say they have heard just a little or nothing at all about the emerging field of synthetic biology. This new insight into limited public awareness of emerging technologies comes on the cusp of a major leadership change in the nation’s capital.

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