Is Public Health and Safety Being Considered in the Construction of LBNL's New Biolab in Berkeley?

by jeeg 11. August 2011 20:26
In April of this year, U.C. Berkeley researchers announced the creation of the U. C. Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI), which will ramp up efforts to “engineer” cells and biological systems. Part of its research will include experiments that insert manufactured stretches... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

by jeeg 21. July 2011 20:52
Your knowledge of in vitro fertilization and multiple embryo transfers might begin and end at the case of Nadya Suleman, aka "Octomom." Perhaps you first learned of commercial surrogacy through Baby Mama, the 2008 comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  Or maybe you have already commit... [More]

IP Rules for Synthetic Bio Generate More Questions Than Answers

by jeeg 13. May 2011 23:05
The biotechnology world was rocked a year ago this month, when J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., reported that he led a team of 17 researchers at his namesake institute in completing the second of three key steps toward creating a fully synthetic organism. The team created the largest man-made DNA struc... [More]

Emerging Technologies Committee Lays Out Principles for Guidance

by jeeg 16. March 2011 21:17
Innovation with respect to emerging technologies—such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and genetic engineering—requires not only coordinated research and development but also appropriate and balanced oversight.  To help ensure such balance, the White House Emerging Techno... [More]

Groups Criticize Presidential Commission's Recommendations on Synthetic Biology as Deeply Flawed

by jeeg 24. December 2010 00:10
'Business as usual' wins out over precaution in proposals for policing synthetic organisms WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released its recommendations on the oversight of synthetic biology, provoking strong criticism from public intere... [More]

U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 22. December 2010 06:08
The president’s bioethics commission says there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as synthetic biology. In a report being issued Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues says that at... [More]

Q&A: Ethics chair on synthetic biology

by jeeg 29. November 2010 22:12
This week, an ethics board convened by U.S. President Barack Obama reached some conclusions about the ethics of this year's landmark experiment in synthetic biology, in which researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, inserted a synthetic genome into a bacterium, raisin... [More]

Building a Mouse from Synthetic DNA

by jeeg 12. October 2010 20:42
Scientists have successfully created a small part of the DNA needed to build a mouse from scratch. It's just a step on on the long road to synthetic life, but in the short term their breakthrough could prevent genetic disease. Previously the researchers, at the Venter Institute, synthesized a... [More]

Genetic Science Oozes Out of Amateurs' Garages

by jeeg 5. October 2010 00:47
Melanie Swan did not panic upon learning she had inherited a genetic mutation that seemed to put her at a higher risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Instead she and another "garage biologist" ran a pilot study from their own homes and came up with a countermeasure. They represent the... [More]

Survey Finds Public is Cautious About Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 9. September 2010 14:55
A new poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Hart Research Associates and the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center finds that two-thirds of Americans think that synthetic biology should move forward, but with more research to study its possible effects on humans and the envir... [More]
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