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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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Project news • 11/29/10Inaugural Synthetic Biology Newsletter Release

The Synthetic Biology Newsletter is an initiative of LIS Consult and the Synthetic Biology Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The newsletter is financially supported by the Commission on Genetic Modification and the Rathenau Institute, both in the Netherlands.

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Project news • 11/12/10Societal Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology

Workshop hosted by the Alfred R. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

November 8-9, 2010

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Synbio news • 11/11/10 Europe-wide poll shows public support for responsible innovation in life sciences and biotechnology

A new Eurobarometer survey on life sciences and biotechnology shows that Europeans are optimistic about biotechnology. 53% of respondents believe biotechnology will have a positive effect in the future, and only 20% a negative effect.

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Project news • 11/09/10Fictional Super Cell Market Imagines Synbio Products

Super Cell is a fictional supermarket offering speculative products, which are all based on synthetic biology.

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Synbio news • 11/09/10 Building With Materials That Pull CO2 from Air

Regarding the specifics of synthetic biology, Science Daily wrote in a Nov. 5, 2010 press release, “The University of Greenwich’s School of Architecture & Construction is poised to use ethical synthetic biology to create ‘living’ materials that could be used to clad buildings and help combat the effects of climate change.

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Synbio news • 11/08/10 Big Pharma Settles In China

Three international drug companies have announced strategic moves to strengthen their position in the booming Chinese health care market.

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Synbio news • 11/05/10 At The iGEM Competition, College Students Engineer New Biological Systems

College and high school students from the world over begin convening in Boston today for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition to present biotech projects they’ve been working on all summer.

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Synbio news • 11/05/10 Project aims to create living buildings

Researchers are working with the University of Southern Denmark, theUniversity of Glasgow and University College London (UCL) to develop building materials that could produce water in desert environments or harvest sunlight to make biofuels.

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Synbio news • 10/07/10 Novartis Teams with Synthetic Genomics Vaccines to Develop Flu Seed Virus Banks

Synthetic Genomics (SGI) and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) have formed a new company, Synthetic Genomics Vaccines (SGVI), to develop next-generation vaccines based on synthetic genome technology.

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Synbio news • 10/06/10 Feature: The meaning of (artificial) life

http://www.lifescientist.com.au/article/363374/feature_meaning_artificial_life/

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Synbio news • 10/05/10 Maker Faire Made My Weekend

New Yorkers brought in the autumnal equinox in style September 25th and 26th at the 2010 Maker Faire.

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Synbio news • 09/27/10 Genetic Science Oozes Out of Amateurs' Garages

Melanie Swan did not panic upon learning she had inherited a genetic mutation that seemed to put her at a higher risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Instead she and another "garage biologist" ran a pilot study from their own homes and came up with a countermeasure.

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