Oversight For Synthetic Biology | November 10, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 45 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 45 | p. 27
Issue Date: November 10, 2014

Oversight For Synthetic Biology

Countries call for precaution as new technology is developed
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: United Nations, Biological Diversity, Synthetic Biology, Oversight, Risk Assessment

As researchers and policymakers struggle to comprehend synthetic biology, governments from across the world are calling for caution for this emerging technology.

Organisms produced through synthetic biology should be managed and their risk assessed before they are released to the environment, countries agreed last month at a United Nations meeting in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“Synthetic biology has been like the Wild West—a risky technology frontier with little oversight or regulation,” . . .

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