Synthetic Biology is in the "Cards"

by jeeg 1. September 2010 00:36

The ESRC Genomics Forum, based at Edinburgh University has developed a novel approach to engaging the public and gauging attitudes about synthetic biology. It has developed a synthetic biology "DEMOCS" card game, which stands for "Deliberative Meetings Of Citizens."  The game allows a small group of players with no background in science, let alone synthetic biology, to discuss the issue comprehensively, addressing issues from scientific potential to moral and environmental implications  and try to find areas of agreement.

Professor Steve Yearley, tells the
Edinburgh Evening News: "This novel consultation suggests that members of the public see benefits in this approach, though there are also important concerns about regulation and malign applications."

The game is available for free online.

 

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