Science and Technology Innovation Program
Dr. Jordan Grafman, Chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Grafman talks about how discoveries in cognitive neuroscience may change our understanding of memory, addiction, and attention deficit disorder. He discusses how and why we need to better prepare for the ethical and social implications of these advances. Learn more about Dr. Grafman's work at: http://intra.ninds.nih.gov/Lab.asp?Org_ID=83 The ideas presented here do not represent the official view of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Deparment of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government.
January 2008 - F&G releases a new research brief looking into federal efforts at venture capital.
Allen Hammond, World Resources InstituteThe seeds have already been sown for the flowers that will blossom in the 21st century. If they are the flowers of wrath, they will spring from the poverty and inequity that are so evident as the 20th century ends. If they bloom into a garden of rare, harmonious beauty, it will be because we humans were wise enough to seek greater interconnectedness among the world's societies, rich and poor alike. In this interview, Allen Hammond discusses his book Which World? Scenarios for the 21st Century. The book probes the consequences of present social, economic, and environmental trends to construct three possible worlds that could await us in the 21st century: Market World, Fortress World, and Transformed World.
The Synthetic Biology Project is being launched to identify gaps in our knowledge of the potential risks of the field, explore public perceptions towards it, and examine governance options that will both ensure public safety and facilitate innovation.
As today’s policy challenges become more complex, it has become clear that American media — online news, television, radio, newspapers, and magazines— are not up to the task of explaining the problems underlying them or providing citizens with all the information they need to engage in public conversations about them. Democracy cannot function properly without those conversations. But one new medium - videogames — may well fill the gap.
This July 2011 issue of Synthetic Biology 2.0 looks at the work of the United States Presidential Bioethics Commission, the dominant discourse in the synthetic biology debate, vaccines as the first commercial applicaiton of synthetic biology, do-it-yourself biology, biosecurity, and biofiction where science and arts meet.