January 4th, 2012 | Category: Beginner's Guides, Ethics, Multimedia, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Drew Endy discusses synthetic biology

Drew Endy from 2008, discussing what he wants to do with synthetic biology and why. In it he touches on perhaps the most important aspect of synthetic biology to biologists: learning by building.

One interesting aspect of synthetic biology is the willingness to engage in the ethics of the science. The ‘Human Practises’ component of the iGEM competition is one example of this, and I have also heard it argued that safety should be engineered in to synthetic biology devices from the start, in the same way that car safety is not an afterthought of car design but an integral part of it. In that spirit then, I give you the opposing view (from the same debate). Jim Thomas from the etc group.

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