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Project news • 04/06/16CRISPR and DIYbio

The DIY-biology community, as a stakeholder that has already addressed many of the underlying issues, should take part in a robust public dialogue about the use of CRISPR–Cas9 and how governance models can ensure safe, responsible research.

Project news • 03/28/16NAS to Examine Future of Biotech Products

The National Academies is convening a new study to explore forthcoming biotechnology products and the capabilities needed to evaluate these products. Synthetic Biology Project Director David Rejeski has been appointed to the study’s expert committee.

Project news • 03/02/16 How Can Genetic Engineering Help Stop the Zika Virus?

Last month, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Project participated in a panel organized by New America Foundation and Slate Magazine that explored how new gene technologies could help fight the emerging Zika Virus threat. An archived video of the panel can be viewed here.

Project news • 02/17/16 Webinar on Gene Editing and Invasive Species

Join the Environmental Law Institute on 2/18/16 at 2 pm EST for a webinar on gene editing and invasive speices, featuring Fred Gould of North Carolina State University, Karl Campbell of Island Conservation and Todd Kuiken of the Synthetic Biology Project. Register here.

Project news • 12/02/15New Algae Research Could Address Climate Change and Food Security Challenges

With all eyes on the United Nation climate talks in Paris, one synthetic biology-based solution to climate change could be sitting in a nearby pond.

Project news • 11/12/15The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Biology: A Look at the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS)

In a new documnentary, the Synthetic Biology Project explores the growth of do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) as seen through the BUGSS community lab in Baltimore, Maryland.

Project news • 07/02/15Synthetic Biology Project Comments on White House Plan to Update Coordinated Framework

The Synthetic Biology Project supports White House plans to modernize the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology to address emerging technologies like synthetic biology.

Project news • 05/21/15Public Reaction Mixed on New Technology to Edit DNA, But Caution Urged for Researchers

Respondents to national online poll from the Synthetic Biology Project are uncertain about potential of gene-editing technology, but a majority support a ban on human-based research.

Project news • 04/29/15New Inventory Tracks Growth of Synthetic Biology Products and Applications

The Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project today has developed a first-of-its-kind inventory to track products and applications using the emerging technology of synthetic biology.

Project news • 03/26/15 Scientific American Op-ed Looks at "Genetic Determinism"

In a new op-ed, Eleonore Pauwels of the Synthetic Biology Projects and Jim Dratwa explore the limits of what DNA can tell us.

Project news • 10/29/14PLOS Looks at the Importance of Synthetic Biology Communication

David Shifrin of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) speaks with David Rejeski about the importance of properly communicating synthetic biology concepts.

Project news • 07/18/14“Gene Drives” Offer Potential Benefits, But Raise Regulatory and Ecological Questions

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.”

Project news • 05/29/14An Ecological Risk Research Agenda for Synthetic Biology

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.

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