This January 2011 event focused on developing methods to address potential risks before rather than after the fact. It looked at biosafety beyond containment, in cases where accidental release may be reasonably expected and/or where conventional containment is not an option as in bioremediation, agricultural and biomedical applications.
A new report from the Presidential Commission on Bioethics calls for "prudent vigilance" and enhanced federal oversight of synthetic biology. The Commission calls for high level engagement and places responsibility on the Executive Office.
A new report from the National Research Council says that Select Agents should be defined by DNA sequence in today’s Era of synthetic biology.
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.
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.
The Synthetic Biology Project found that the U.S. government has spent around $430m on synbio research since 2005.
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.
The rapidly growing network of do-it-yourself biologists has attracted the attention of both innovators, looking to mobilize a network of creative minds, and security experts, worrying about the proliferation of new capacities to create biological organisms.
As synthetic biology moves forward, it is critical to understand how the USPTO and EPO will react and respond to synthetic biology applications. This is a unique opportunity to discuss factors influencing intellectual property policy pertaining to synthetic biology with experts from the US and Europe.
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.