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This report, Creating a Research Agenda for the Ecological Implications of Synthetic Biology, prioritizes key research areas for government agencies, academia and industry to fund. Research areas include species for comparative research; phenotypic characterization; fitness, genome stability and lateral gene transfer; control of organismal traits; monitoring and surveillance; modeling and standardization of methods and data. The report says it is necessary to establish and sustain interdisciplinary research groups in order to conduct the research. Long-term support is also needed to address complex questions about how synthetic biology could impact the environment and overcome communication barriers across disciplines, the report says.
 

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Todd Kuiken

Todd Kuiken

Senior Research Scholar, Genetic Engineering & Society Center, North Carolina State University
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