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Environmental and Social Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life

September 28, 2011 // 12:00pm2:00pm
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WASHINGTON –  “Synthetic biology” describes efforts to use computer-assisted, biological engineering to design, construct, and commercialize new biological building blocks or entirely new organisms , or to redesign existing biological organisms. Proponents of this “extreme genetic engineering” seek to build new life forms either from scratch – by using published gene sequence information – or by buying inexpensive, made-to-order DNA strands from so-called DNA foundries.  Synthetic biologists are not just reading and rearranging genetic code, but writing it: re-engineering genes and entire genomes, in new combinations that do not exist in nature.

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.

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Location: 
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
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Experts & Staff

  • David Rejeski // Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program; Interim Director, Commons Lab
  • Todd Kuiken, Ph.D. // Senior Program Associate, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Aaron Lovell // Writer/Editor/Program Manager, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Eleonore Pauwels // Program Associate/Researcher, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Anne Bowser // Researcher, Data Science and Visualization, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Elizabeth Tyson // New Projects/Technology Scout, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Sharon Weinberger // Global Fellow
  • Piers Millett // Global Fellow
  • Mark Schaefer // Global Fellow

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