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Societal Issues Arising From Synthetic Biology

In this emerging and rapidly changing field of synthetic biology, prediction is not the answer, nor is it even possible. We need to figure out how to build robust systems and strategies that mitigate bad things and exploit positive occurrences. On November 8th and 9th 2010 the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a workshop asking: What would these systems and strategies look like? Who is responsible for creating them?

Crowd and Crown: Policy Issues in Social Media for International Crisis Response

Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.


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Synthetic Biology Project Director Discusses DIYBio on Kojo Nnamdi Show

Far from multimillion dollar labs at universities, an enthusiastic movement of amateur scientists is changing the field of biology. These do-it-yourself explorers are taking experiments from the lab table to their living room tables using only rudimentary equipment and innate curiosity. We look at what’s happening in this nascent branch of science, and explore concerns over “biohacking.”

President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

In December of 2010 the Presidential Commission on Bioethics released a new report calling for enhanced oversight of synthetic biology. Join us at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on March 25, 2011 to discuss this new report with representatives from the Presidential Commission as well as representatives from the European Commission.