Synthetic Biology News


Human Genome Editing: Hopes and Fears

Aug 25, 2015
Breakthroughs in the process of editing the human genome have scientists both "excited and terrified." What are the potential benefits and risks associated with altering human DNA and is science and society prepared for the ethical, moral, and policy questions raised by new technological capabilities?

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Problem or Solution?

Mar 19, 2015
In an effort to head off a potential health problem in Florida, scientists have created genetically modified mosquitoes intended to stop the spread of their non-modified and disease carrying cousins. What sounds like a good plan to some, has set off alarm bells for others. Todd Kuiken provides an update on GMO science and the attempt to conduct a mosquito experiment in the Sunshine State. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

How Identity Evolves in the Age of Genetic Imperialism

Mar 17, 2015
Genetic determinism has invaded all realms of life, from our dating scene to our social networks. This is politics, love and death in the age of genetic imperialism, but society is becoming increasingly aware of what our genes can and cannot tell us about our identities and how they evolve.

The Potential and Challenge of Gene Drives

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.”

An Ecological Risk Research Agenda for Synthetic Biology

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.

Focus Groups Tackle Synthetic Biology

May 15, 2014
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.

The Science Beat: Has Quality of Reporting Improved or Declined?

Feb 28, 2013
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?

Synthetic Biology Project Director Discusses DIYBio on Kojo Nnamdi Show

Jul 09, 2011
Far from multimillion dollar labs at universities, an enthusiastic movement of amateur scientists is changing the field of biology.