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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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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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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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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 • 10/29/14PLOS Looks at the Importance of Synthetic Biology Communication

David Shifrin of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) speaks with David Rejeski about the importance of properly communicating synthetic biology concepts.

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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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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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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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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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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 • 02/03/14Wilson Center Participating in UK Synthetic Biology Initiative

The Synthetic Biology Project is working with the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre in a new effort to encourage the responsible development of synthetic biology in the United Kingdom.

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Project news • 11/18/13 Wilson Center Awarded European Union Grant for Synthetic Biology Work

The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has been awarded a grant to participate in SYNENERGENE, a newly launched consortium of 28 groups supported with €4 million ($5.3 million) to engage in the responsible governance of synthetic biology.

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