Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology brings together engineering and the life sciences in order to design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems that do not currently exist in the natural world or to tweak the designs of existing biological systems. Synthetic biologists, engaged in a kind of extreme genetic engineering, hope to construct designer organisms that perform specific tasks such as producing biofuels or other high-value compounds.

News and Reports about Synthetic Biology

An introduction to a dangerous new technology putting Africans at risk 2 Dec 2019
Clear evidence of bias and conflicts of interest found by monitoring group 8 Jul 2019
Synthetic biology on the loose 21 Jun 2019
The first page of the report
A review of the evidence for bias and conflict of interest in the IUCN report on synthetic biology and gene drive organisms 21 Jun 2019
Some likely effects of lab-grown meat-like substances on farmers, food systems and the climate 5 Apr 2019