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Thu, 07/17/2014

Cross-disciplinary team launches public conversation about new way to manage ecosystems

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." The...

Thu, 07/17/2014

Political scientist discusses regulatory gaps in assessing the impact of “gene drives.”

Imagine a scientific technique that would alter the genes of mosquitos to render them unable to transmit malaria. Some day, you may not need to: Scientists have made notable progress in recent years in...

Thu, 05/29/2014

Report Developed by the Ecological Community Highlights Priority Research Areas

Washington, DC — 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, a field...

Fri, 11/08/2013

Forget dissecting frogs and building potato batteries. High school students today are learning genetic engineering--and some are even redesigning life. Bioethicists and the FBI have taken note and are rethinking biosecurity for the synthetic biology revolution.

Guests:

Laurie...

Fri, 06/22/2012

Kenneth A. Oye
International Risk Governance Council, June 2012

Like conventional biological engineering, synthetic biology rests on revolutionary advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis technologies. Unlike most recombinant DNA work, synthetic biology seeks to do biological...

Wed, 07/16/2008

PoET PI Dan Hastings and student Matt Richards (along with co-authors Adam Ross & Donna Rhodes) were awarded a Best Paper award at the 2008 Symposium of the...

Wed, 04/09/2008

PoET student Gautam Mukunda sat on a panel for the interdisciplinary symposium, "The Ethical Implications of Synthetic Life", which featured discussion from top experts in bioethics, genomics and policy on the...

Thu, 10/18/2007

PoET student Matthew Silver (Engingeering Systems Division) and his start-up, IntAct Labs, finished runner-up (out of 176 entrants) in the recent MIT 100K Elevator Pitch Contest, winning $1,...

Wed, 10/17/2007

Larry McCray and Rocco Casagrande served on a panel on the social aspects of synthetic biology on October 11 at the National Institutes of Health.

The meeting was convened jointly by the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity and the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee [RAC]....

Wed, 10/03/2007

Synthetic Biology, Property, Innovation and Governance

Participants:
- Drew Endy (Department of Biological Engineering, MIT)
- Paul Oldham (Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster University)
- Sheila Jasanoff (John F. Kennedy...