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Project news • 07/02/15White House Asks Agencies to Update Biotech Framework

The Synthetic Biology Project supports White House plans to modernize the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology to address emerging technologies like synthetic biology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 • 05/29/14An 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 • 11/18/13First-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 • 10/08/13Company 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.

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