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]

Man-Made Life a Boon With Risks for Terror and Error

by jeeg 22. July 2010 00:03
Government regulation is needed to oversee the fast-developing synthetic biology industry, said two pioneers in the field, Harvard scientist George Church and genome researcher Craig Venter.  The ability of scientists to modify bacteria and other organisms by adding designer gene sequence... [More]

Bioethics Council Hears Pleas for More Oversight of Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 10. July 2010 23:25
This week, a presidential bioethics commission took up a burning new issue in science: the risks and benefits of synthetic biology. Scientists and other witnesses seemed of two minds on whether the field needs major new regulations. While some argued that for radical changes, others argu... [More]
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