The Wilson Center and Synthetic Biology
Jul 21, 2014
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.” more
Jun 24, 2014
This report presents a set of key research areas to guide the study of the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology. more
May 29, 2014
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, a field that could push beyond incremental changes to create organisms that transcend common evolutionary pathways. more
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.”
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, a field that could push beyond incremental changes to create organisms that transcend common evolutionary pathways.
A new set of focus groups convened by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center found continued low awareness of synthetic biology, as well as concerns about specific applications.
In a world increasingly driven by scientific and technological breakthroughs, are we getting the information we need to understand the rapid changes and choices we face? And as print space dedicated to science decreases, have online sources emerged to fill the void?
November 19, 2013 // 11:55am — 2:00pm
Join us at the Wilson Center on Nov. 19 for the release of the survey results and analysis, “Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology,” and a panel discussion.
November 11, 2013 // 8:00am — November 13, 2013 // 7:00pm
FAPESP Week 2013: North Carolina will explore the partnerships between Brazilian and U.S. scientists and will be hosted by UNC at Charlotte, UNC at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.
June 03, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. In her recent project "Stranger Visions" she creates literal figurative portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places.
This report presents a set of key research areas to guide the study of the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology.
This report challenges seven widely held beliefs about DIYbio practitioners, particularly that anonymous scientists are cooking up deadly epidemics in their basements. In fact, the survey finds most lab work being done in the community is benign and that the vast majority of those surveyed perform their experiments in group workspaces with other enthusiasts. The report also includes six policy recommendations based on the survey results.
This report assesses how implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (NP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) may affect U.S. researchers working in the area of synthetic biology. It also analyzes selected provisions in CBD-related national legislation predating the NP that may be relevant for such researchers.
Marvin Ott, Senior Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program, discusses tensions in the South China Sea.
Formerly European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development, Directorate on Science, Economy and Society
Eleonore Pauwels is a public policy scholar with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her primary focus is a comparative and critical analysis of the EU and US approaches towards the societal governance of synthetic biology. She is al...
Information Artist and Ph.D. Candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Innovation Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC-Berkeley, and Founder, Tekla Labs
Lina Nilsson is the Innovation Director of the Blum Center, working to engage university-based science and technology initiatives in international development. She is also involved in open science initiatives. She has a Dr.Sc. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Biomedical Engi...