As amply demonstrated throughout the 20th century, scientific and technological advancements frequently affect society in unintended ways. Hand-in-hand with its mission to advance the life sciences, the Venter Institute is committed to understanding the implications of these advances for society. The overarching goal of the Policy Center is to help decision makers understand and anticipate the impact of 21st century biology, and where appropriate, devise policies to enhance positive and avoid negative societal outcomes.
JCVI, in collaboration with UC San Diego, recently completed a report on “Policy and Regulatory Issues for Gene Drives in Insects” outlining specific suggestions that could help advance this promising approach for combatting insect borne human disease and insect agricultural pests, while ensuring that environmental safety and societal issues are addressed. This report builds on JCVI’s 2014 report, funded by the Department of Energy, on the adequacy of the U.S. biotechnology regulatory system as organisms engineered using synthetic biology enter the marketplace.
In 2015, JCVI’s Policy Center reviewed the current U.S. guidance for screening synthetic DNA, in place since 2010. “DNA Synthesis and Biosecurity: Lessons Learned and Options for the Future” is an update to the 2007 “Synthetic Genomics: Options for Governance” report linked below.
How well has the current U.S. guidance for screening synthetic DNA worked during its first five years and are changes needed to keep pace...
Specific suggestions that could help advance this promising approach for combating insect borne human disease and insect agricultural pests
In recent years, a range of genetic engineering techniques referred to “synthetic biology” has significantly expanded the tool kit...
Results of a 20-month examination of the safety and security concerns posed by synthetic genomics, by a core group of 18 individuals with a...