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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 recently completed a review of 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. In 2014, JCVI completed a 2-year project funded by the Department of Energy, with additional funding from the Sloan Foundation, on the adequacy of the U.S. regulatory system for biotechnology as organisms engineered using synthetic biology enter the marketplace.

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DNA Synthesis and Biosecurity: Lessons Learned and Options for the...

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...

Synthetic Biology and the U.S. Biotechnology Regulatory System

In recent years, a range of genetic engineering techniques referred to “synthetic biology” has significantly expanded the tool kit...

Synthetic Genomics | Options for Governance

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...

 
 
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