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Environmentalists Try to Ban Release of Synthetic Life Forms into The Wild [UK]by Steve ConnorThe IndependentMay 24th, 2010Environmentalists last week sought to use the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to push for moratorium on release of synthetic life forms into the wild.
Reactions to Venter's Latest Synthetic Biology Announcement by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 22nd, 2010The announcement of the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell provoked considerable comment, and led President Obama to make synthetic biology the first order of business for his Bioethics Commission.
Synthetic Biology, Drew Endy, and the Building of a Better Human from the Ground Upby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesOctober 1st, 2009A leading synthetic biologist describes his vision of using SynBio to re-engineer humans.
New Report on Synthetic Biologyby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJune 29th, 2009The new Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars recently released a report entitled Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology.
Synthetic biology hackers announce "self-imposed moratorium"by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 14th, 2009Amateurs are cooking up entirely new genetically modified microbes. Will one of them turn out to be "a cataclysmic entity?"
Caruso and Darnovsky on Synthetic Biologyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesNovember 17th, 2008If you are doing some crash preparation to attend tonight's debate on synthetic biology with Drew Endy and Jim Thomas, here are two resources to bring you up to speed.
Conference explores Bay Area's hot new field of synthetic biology[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Lisa KriegerSan Jose Mercury NewsNovember 14th, 2008In an invitation-only meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, 80 activists discussed strategies to contain synthetic biology.
Synthetic Biology Debateby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesOctober 30th, 2008A key civil society advocate debates a synthetic biology pioneer about "genetic engineering on steroids" - building artificial life from scratch.
Synthetic BiologyVenter's Trillion-Dollar Dream Spotlights Dangers of "Self-Regulation"Genetic CrossroadsJune 29th, 2007Yesterday's announcement that biotech entrepreneur Craig Venter is one step closer to constructing a self-replicating artificial life form should be a wake-up call. Venter's move to construct a synthetic bacterial species paves the way for the deliberate or accidental creation of pathogens of unprecedented virulence.
ETC Group Report on Extreme Genetic Engineeringby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 31st, 2007Our friends at the ETC Group recently released an informative report on the rapidly emerging field of synthetic biology.
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