What is Synthetic Biology?

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The Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center: Eight Years of Engagement and Analysis
Publications • 04/08/16The Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center: Eight Years of Engagement and Analysis

This report summarizes the vast accomplishments the Synthetic Biology Project has achieved since 2008.

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Project news • 04/06/16CRISPR and DIYbio

The DIY-biology community, as a stakeholder that has already addressed many of the underlying issues, should take part in a robust public dialogue about the use of CRISPR–Cas9 and how governance models can ensure safe, responsible research.

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Project news • 03/28/16NAS to Examine Future of Biotech Products

The National Academies is convening a new study to explore forthcoming biotechnology products and the capabilities needed to evaluate these products. Synthetic Biology Project Director David Rejeski has been appointed to the study’s expert committee.

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Digital DNA: The Nagoya Protocol, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Synthetic Biology
Publications • 12/08/15Digital DNA: The Nagoya Protocol, Intellectual Property Treaties, and Synthetic Biology

This new report looks at the implications of the Nagoya Protocol of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity for synthetic biology.

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Project news • 02/17/16 Webinar on Gene Editing and Invasive Species

Join the Environmental Law Institute on 2/18/16 at 2 pm EST for a webinar on gene editing and invasive speices, featuring Fred Gould of North Carolina State University, Karl Campbell of Island Conservation and Todd Kuiken of the Synthetic Biology Project. Register here.

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Project news • 03/02/16 How Can Genetic Engineering Help Stop the Zika Virus?

Last month, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project participated in a panel organized by New America Foundation and Slate Magazine that explored how new gene technologies could help fight the emerging Zika Virus threat. An archived video of the panel can be viewed here.

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Project news • 11/12/15The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Biology: A Look at the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS)

In a new documnentary, the Synthetic Biology Project explores the growth of do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) as seen through the BUGSS community lab in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Synbio news • 03/14/16FDA Announces Comment Period for GMO Mosquito Test Plan

Last week the Food and Drug Administration released for comment the draft environmental assessment submitted by Oxitec for its genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, while also finding the company's field test would have no significant impact on the environment.
 

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The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right for Synthetic Biology?
Publications • 10/15/15The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right for Synthetic Biology?

A new report from the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the current regulatory oversight of synthetic biology in the United States through the lens of different applications.

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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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