Prudent vigilance approach to synthetic biology

30 November 2010

The overriding concerns with respect to synthetic biology are that an engineered organism could cause unexpected environmental harm, or even be used as a tool for bioterrorism; however, the impact of such events must to be balanced against the actual risks of them occurring. Given the potential medical and commercial benefits of synthetic biology, the current plans for a positive but careful watching brief, seem sensible, and contrasts interestingly with the highly protectionist approach to genetic information in the US.

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