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Trends in American & European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology

Mar 12, 2010
The increase in media coverage of synthetic biology between 2003-2008 is tracked in this 2008 report. The combined survey rests on the findings of individual U.S. and European press coverage analyses, and examines aspects of synthetic biology that may be cause for either potential public acceptance or rejection of the technology. The report concludes with an agenda for future social science research that can inform our understanding of how public perceptions of synthetic biology develop. more

New Life, Old Bottles

Mar 11, 2010
In New Life, Old Bottles: Regulating First-Generation Products of Synthetic Biology, Michael Rodemeyer examines the benefits and drawbacks of using the existing U.S. regulatory framework for biotechnology to cover the new products and processes enabled by synthetic biology. The safety of early applications of synthetic biology may be adequately addressed by the existing regulatory framework for biotechnology, especially in contained laboratories and manufacturing facilities, according to the report. But further advances in this emerging field are likely to create significant challenges for U.S. government oversight. more

Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, & Public Opinion

Mar 08, 2010
A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies found 90 percent of Americans think that the public should be better informed about the development of cutting-edge technologies, according to this 2009 report summarizing the findings. more

Poll: Awareness & Impressions Of Synthetic Biology

Mar 07, 2010
From August 16 to August 22, 2010, Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide survey among 1,000 adults about attitudes toward the entities involved in the oversight of new scientific and technological advances, awareness of nanotechnology, and awareness of and attitudes toward synthetic biology and two potential applications of the science. According to this report, awareness of nanotechnology was at its highest measured level in five years. This same year, one in three Americans reported hearing a lot or some about nanotechnology, which was a slight increase over results in 2009. more

Trends in Synthetic Biology Research Funding in the United States and Europe

Mar 07, 2010
A 2010 analysis by the Synthetic Biology Project found that the U.S. government spent around $430 million on research related to synthetic biology since 2005, with the Department of Energy funding a majority of the research. By comparison, the analysis indicated that the European Union and three individual European countries – the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Germany – had spent approximately $160 million during that same period. Approximately 4 percent of the U.S. funding and 2 percent of the European funding was being spent to explore ethical, legal, and social implications of synthetic biology, but no projects focused on risk assessment. more

Synthetic Biology Newsletter

Mar 06, 2010
The first edition of the Synthetic Biology Newsletter, published in November 2010, reviews the basics of synthetic biology, explains how this new emerging technology intersects with several areas of science and talks about its effect on public perception. more

Shattered Dreams and Restoring Hope: Organized crime and violence on the U.S.-Mexico border

Feb 22, 2010
Our group of seven is part of a joint research and writing project to examine the effectiveness of US and Mexican efforts to confront transnational organized crime that is tearing apart communities in both countries. Our project starts with the assumption that both countries have a shared responsibility to address the violence and underlying causes giving rise to the current crises in places like Ciudad Juarez. more

"Netradytsiini" immihranty u Kyevi: sim rokiv potomu ["Nontraditional" Immigrants in Kyiv: Seven Years Later

Oct 26, 2009
Edited by Olena Braichevska, Olena Malynovska, Yaroslav Pylynskyi. more

Immigranti v Moskve [Immigrants in Moscow]

Oct 26, 2009
Written by Zh. A. Zaionchkovskaia, O.I. Vendina, N.V. Mkrtchyan, E.V. Tyurkanova, T.D. Ivanova and V.G. Gelbras more

Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America, edited by Andrew Selee and Enrique Peruzzotti

Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America

Oct 01, 2009
This empirically grounded collection examines the growth of participatory institutions in Latin American democracy and how such institutions affect representative government. While most existing literature concentrates on model cases of participatory budgeting in Brazil, this volume investigates cases in Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, where conditions for innovation have been far less favorable. more

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