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.”
Project News • 05/29/14
An 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.
Project News • 05/14/14
Synthetic 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.
Project News • 04/21/14
BioCoder 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.
Project News • 02/03/14
Wilson 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.
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.
Project News • 11/18/13
First-Ever Survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology Community Challenges Myths
A first-ever survey of Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) practitioners by the Synthetic Biology Project finds the community to be far different from fearful and often sensationalist representations in the media.
Project News • 10/08/13
Company Serves Up Made-to-Order Organisms
In our latest podcast on entrepreneurs in synthetic biology, we speak with Ginkgo BioWorks’ Jason Kelly about his firm’s focus on the bio-organism market.
Project News • 09/10/13
Project Fellow Explores Financial Woes Faced by DIYbio Labs
In a new article, Daniel Grushkin, a fellow with the Synthetic Biology Project, looks at the financial pressures facing the first wave of community labs.
Project News • 08/29/13
Nature Article Explores Use of Metaphors in Synthetic Biology
In a new commentary, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the use of language in the laboratory.
Project News • 08/08/13
Startup Looks at Synthetic Biology for Mining Applications
In our latest podcast, we talked to Patrick Nee of Universal Bio Mining about the regulations and the use of synthetic biology in the mining indsutry.
Project News • 06/20/13
NY Times Op-Ed Explores Fallout from Supreme Court Genetics Case
In a new op-ed, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the implications from the recent Myriad court decision.
Project News • 06/10/13
MIT and Wilson Center Receive NSF Grant to Develop Synthetic Biology Research Agenda
The MIT Center for International Studies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are collaborating on a $233,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help realize potential benefits and address potential ecological effects of synthetic biology.
Project News • 05/22/13
Synthetic Biology Utilized in Novel Food Safety Test
In our new podcast, we hear about how synthetic biology is tracking bacteria in food processing.
Project News • 04/30/13
Synthetic Biology Research Community Grows Significantly
A new analysis by the Synthetic Biology Project finds the number of private and public entities conducting research in synthetic biology worldwide grew significantly between 2009 and 2013.
Project News • 04/25/13
UPDATED: ‘Glowing Plant’ Project Reaches Fundraising Goal
The crowdfunded project to create a glowing plant could lead to the widely distributed release of a synthetically designed plant.
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