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Synbio news • 04/21/11 UC Berkeley launches Synthetic Biology Institute to advance research in biological engineering

An alliance of top researchers has formed the UC Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute, advancing efforts to engineer biological systems in ways that promise to transform health and medicine, energy, the environment, new materials, and more.

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Project news • 03/31/11Eurobarometer Report finds Europeans largely unaware of synthetic biology

Europeans consider genetically modified food to be probably unsafe or even harmful, they are largely unaware of synthetic biology--only 17% of Europeans have heard of the science.

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Project news • 03/22/11Synthetic Biology Project Director discusses DIYBio on Kojo Nnamdi Show

David Rejeski discusses the emerging field of DIYBio on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

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Synbio news • 12/17/10 The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies

The 21st century is widely heralded as the century of biology. Building on the fundamental understanding achieved in the second half of the last century, revolutionary advances are expected to improve many aspects of our lives, from clean energy and targeted, safer medicines to new industries.

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Synbio news • 12/17/10 Presidential Bioethics Panel gives go-ahead to research in synthetic biology

In its Thursday-issued report, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has given the go-ahead to research in the field of synthetic biology – technology which involves the creation of new organisms via the synthesis and manipulation of DNA.

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Synbio news • 12/17/10 Panel Urges Regulatory Hands-Off Approach With Emerging Biology Field

A presidential commission has concluded there is no need to impose new regulations or to create new regulatory agencies for the controversial new field known as synthetic biology, The New York Times reports.

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Synbio news • 12/17/10 Weekend Briefing

Scientists have yet to actually create synthetic life, but the burgeoning field of synthetic biology already requires firm federal oversight, according to advisers convened by President Obama.

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Synbio news • 12/17/10 Will artificial life cause the end of the world?

A recent announcement by the White House has inspired new concerns for the Atlanta Creationism Examiner. Scientists now have permission to play God.

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Synbio news • 12/16/10 Panel Calls for Measured Development of Synthetic Microbes

The United States should take a number of steps to mitigate bioterrorism and other threats that could be posed by new technologies enabling development of man-made microorganisms, a recently established U.S. government panel said in a report made public today.

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Synbio news • 12/16/10 Synthetic Biology Needs Prudent Vigilance To Prevent Risk, US Panel Says

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has called for enhanced federal oversight in the emerging field of synthetic biology, which involves the design and construction of laboratory-made biological parts.

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Synbio news • 12/16/10 Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2010

Synthetic biology poses few risks because it is still in its early stages and there is no need to impose new restrictions on, or temporarily halt, this type of research, says a report being released Thursday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

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Project news • 12/16/10Presidential Commission on Bioethics Releases Synthetic Biology Report

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.

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Synbio news • 12/16/10 Presidential Bioethics Panel Gives a Green Light to Research in Synthetic Biology

The president’s bioethics commission has concluded that there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as synthetic biology.

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