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Surviving The Tech Storm

Published: Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 2016

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control

by Wendell Wallach. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2015, 336 pp.

The Potential and Challenge of Gene Drives

Following workshops co-sponsored by the Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center, 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.”

Gene drives could have widespread uses, potentially leading to new ways of combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases and controlling invasive species.

FAPESP Week 2013: North Carolina


*A summary of reports on FAPESP Week North Carolina 2013 can be found in the document section

For complete coverage and additional information, check out the FAPESP Week 2013 website


November 11, 2013 at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Location: University City Campus, Harris Alumni Center

09:00-09:30 Greetings and Opening Remarks

Inventory Finds Increase in Consumer Products Containing Nanoscale Materials

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The updated Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory now contains 1,628 consumer products that have been introduced to the market since 2005, representing a 24 percent increase since the last update in 2010.

New Case Study Examines STIP Nanotechnology Work

A new case study from Evan Michelson, of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, looks at the work of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) amidst the shift from government-led technology assessment.

The paper, recently published in the Review of Policy Research, looks at the role non-governmental organizations like PEN play in technology assessment and how groups like PEN bring together different experts and organizations.

Awareness & Impressions Of Synthetic Biology

There has been little change in public awareness of either synthetic biology or nanotechnology since previous surveys, according to this 2013 poll of more than 800 U.S. adults. In the poll, 23 percent of adults say they have heard a lot or some about synthetic biology, compared with 31 percent who say the same about nanotechnology. The most common associations that respondents make with synthetic biology are that it is unnatural, man-made, and artificial or that it has to do with reproducing life.