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Navigating the Emerging Science of Synthetic Biology

Groundbreaking research is happening in the field of synthetic biology—that is, the building or redesigning of living organisms, such as bacteria, so they can perform specific functions. Examples of what might be possible include converting cellulose into biofuels or using synthetic organisms to create new pharmaceuticals.

PEN 17 - A Hard Pill to Swallow

WASHINGTON - Historically, the regulation of dietary supplements has been a significant challenge for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the fact that some of these products are now being manufactured using nanotechnology creates an additional layer of complexity. This new report asks the question: Is FDA equipped to meet the emerging regulatory challenge of dietary supplements that use engineered nanomaterials? The short answer is no.

Poll: Risks and Benefits of Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology

From August 20 to 25, 2008, Peter D. Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide survey among 1,003 adults about awareness of and attitudes toward both nanotechnology and synthetic biology. Nearly nine in 10 Americans say they have heard just a little or nothing at all about synthetic biology, according to this 2008 report summarizing the survey findings.

Carbon Nanotubes That Look Like Asbestos, Behave Like Asbestos

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