What is Synthetic Biology?

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upcoming event • 10/15/15Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk

NEW DATE! Join us Oct. 15 for the release of our new report, Leveraging Synthetic Biology’s Promise and Managing Potential Risk: Are We Getting It Right? Panelists will discuss how synthetic biology applications would be regulated by the U.S. Coordinated Framework, how this would affect the market pathway of these applications and whether the existing framework will protect human health and the environment.

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U.S. Trends in Synthetic Biology Research Funding
Publications • 09/16/15U.S. Trends in Synthetic Biology Research Funding

A new analysis finds the Defense Department funds much of the U.S. government's synthetic biology research.

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Synbio news • 08/10/15 SynBioBeta Slated for November in San Francisco

Startups, entrepreneurs, investors and others will convene Nov. 4-6 in San Francisco for the SynBioBeta 2015 conference to discuss the latest developments in synthetic biology. More information can be found here.

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Synbio news • 01/28/15 LEAP Announces 2015 Fellows

The Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (SynBio LEAP) has awarded 23 fellowships to a wide variety of professionals to explore the future of synthetic biology. The fellows will convene their first meeting in early February, hosted by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center.

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Project news • 03/26/15 Scientific American Op-ed Looks at "Genetic Determinism"

In a new op-ed, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Projects and Jim Dratwa explore the limits of what DNA can tell us.

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Project news • 04/29/15New Inventory Tracks Growth of Synthetic Biology Products and Applications

The Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project today has developed a first-of-its-kind inventory to track products and applications using the emerging technology of synthetic biology.

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Synbio news • 07/14/15 "Engineering Biology" Meeting Focuses on Potential of Synthetic Biology

The Engineering Biology meeting, held in New York in April 2015, focused on the steps needed to ensure the full potential of synthetic biology. Videos presentations, articles and an executive summary can be found here.

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Project news • 07/02/15Synthetic Biology Project Comments on White House Plan to Update Coordinated Framework

The Synthetic Biology Project supports White House plans to modernize the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology to address emerging technologies like synthetic biology.

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Project news • 05/21/15Public Reaction Mixed on New Technology to Edit DNA, But Caution Urged for Researchers

Respondents to national online poll from the Synthetic Biology Project are uncertain about potential of gene-editing technology, but a majority support a ban on human-based research.

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Inventories Products & Applications Inventory

This inventory of synthetic biology-based products and applications gives the public the best available look at the many manufacturer-identified products using this emerging technology. Registered users are encouraged to submit relevant data pertaining to synthetic biology applications, their function, properties, and producer(s).

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