What is Synthetic Biology?

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Project news • 07/18/14“Gene Drives” Offer Potential Benefits, But Raise Regulatory and Ecological Questions

A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.”

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Project news • 05/29/14An Ecological Risk Research Agenda for Synthetic Biology

Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have for the first time developed a set of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology.

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Perceptions of Synthetic Biology and Neural Engineering
Publications • 05/15/14Perceptions of Synthetic Biology and Neural Engineering

This report summarizes key findings from two focus groups held in April 2014, which sought to gauge awareness of synthetic biology and neural engineering.

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Project news • 11/18/13First-Ever Survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology Community Challenges Myths

A first-ever survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) practitioners by the Synthetic Biology Project finds the community to be far different from fearful and often sensationalist representations in the media.

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Synbio news • 04/24/14 EU Launches Strategic Vision for Synthetic Biology

The European Research Area Network for the development and coordination of synthetic biology in Europe has released a new report outlining the challenges and opportunities for the technology over the next decade. The document is expected to inform funding and policy decisions.

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Synbio news • 03/31/14 Scientists Announce First Synthetic Chromosome

In a new paper published in Science, researchers at Johns Hopkins University announce their creation of the first-ever synthetic chromosome, which many see as a landmark step in the field of synthetic biology.

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Project news • 05/14/14Synthetic Biology Still in Uncharted Waters of Public Opinion

In a new set of focus groups convened by the Synthetic Biology Project, participants raised concerns about the specific applications of the emerging technology.

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Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology
Publications • 11/19/13Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology

The first-ever survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) practitioners finds the community to be far different from fearful and often sensationalist media representations.

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Project news • 04/21/14BioCoder Article Looks at Washington's Growing Interest in DIYbio

In the new issue of BioCoder, Dr. Todd Kuiken of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the increased attention being paid to DIYbio in the halls of power in Washington, DC.

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Inventories Maps Inventory

As research into synthetic biology increases, this map identifies companies, universities, research institutions, laboratories and other centers across the globe that are active in this emerging field.

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