Science Friday Podcast: Biosecurity for the Age of Redesigned Life

November 8, 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.


Laurie Garrett 
Senior Fellow, Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
Winner, Pulitzer Prize for coverage on Ebola epidemic in Zaire
New York, New York

Kenneth Oye 
Director, MIT’s Program on Emerging Technologies
Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peter Carr 
Director of Judging, International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)
Senior Staff and Synthetic Biology Lead, MIT Lincoln Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lexington, Massachusetts

Ed You 
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Biological Countermeasures Unit 
Washington, D.C.

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