past event • 12/15/11Generic Lessons Learned about Societal Responses to Emerging Technologies Perceived as Involving Risks

Join us to discuss how well we have managed the risks associated with advances like nanotechnology and synthetic biology.

past event • 09/28/11Environmental and Social Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life

Invited panelists will discuss the science behind synthetic biology, the risks this emerging technology poses to the environment and human health, as well as the socio-economic issues arising from a new “bio-economy” enabled by synthetic biology.

past event • 07/28/11Comprehensive Environmental Assessment and Its Application to Synthetic Biology Applications

A workshop was held to test a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment framework for its ability to identify important research questions to support future ecological risk assessments of synthetic biology applications, using a case study of cyanobacteria engineered to produce industrial products.

past event • 07/20/11Issues arising from Synthetic Biology: What Lies Ahead?

Join us to discuss the findings from a Synthetic Biology Project workshop on "over the horizon" synbio issues.

past event • 03/25/11President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues - The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Join us to discuss the Presidential Commission on Bioethics report calling for enhanced oversight of synthetic biology.

past event • 02/16/11Socio-Technical Integration Research Project Workshop 4

Join the Synthetic Biology Project on February 16 and 17 for the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) Project Workshop 4.

past event • 01/13/11Beyond Containment: Asessing, Testing and Demonstrating Safety on Release of SynBio Devices and Chassis

This January 2011 event focused on developing methods to address potential risks before rather than after the fact. It looked at biosafety beyond containment, in cases where accidental release may be reasonably expected and/or where conventional containment is not an option as in bioremediation, agricultural and biomedical applications.

past event • 09/09/10Synthetic Biology: What does the public think?

Researchers at the J.C. Venter Institute announced the creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a synthesized genome, a significant milestone in the emerging field of synthetic biology. But did anyone in the public listen?

past event • 05/12/10Synbio in Society: Toward New Forms of Collaboration?

Join us to explore new forms of collaboration that have emerged between scientists and social scientists working on synthetic biology.

past event • 03/11/10BioSecurity: How synthetic biology is changing the way we look at biology and biological threats

The rapidly growing network of do-it-yourself biologists has attracted the attention of both innovators, looking to mobilize a network of creative minds, and security experts, worrying about the proliferation of new capacities to create biological organisms.

past event • 11/30/09Patenting Synthetic Biology -- A Transatlantic Perspective

As synthetic biology moves forward, it is critical to understand how the USPTO and EPO will react and respond to synthetic biology applications. This is a unique opportunity to discuss factors influencing intellectual property policy pertaining to synthetic biology with experts from the US and Europe.

past event • 09/29/09Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, and Biofuels

For the fourth year in a row, Hart Research and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies conducted a representative national telephone survey on public awareness of nanotechnology, and for the second year in a row the public was also asked about synthetic biology.

past event • 06/24/09Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology

A new report from the Hastings Center and Synthetic Biology Project calls for a comprehensive approach to addressing ethical and social issues of emerging technologies as a whole so that scarce intellectual resources can be used optimally.

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