OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE EMERGING FIELD OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY:
About the Symposium
On July 9-10, 2009, under the auspices of the National Academies (CSTL, BLS, STEP, and NAE), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Royal Society, an international symposium was held in Washington, DC to bring together the scientific, engineering, legal, and policy communities along with members of the public to explore the opportunities and challenges posed by the emerging field of synthetic biology. The symposium featured invited presentations and discussions on the myriad of legal, policy, and ethical questions that synthetic biology raises in the global enterprise.
The overarching goals of the meeting were to help foster this new community of professionals, to frame the language of the discussion and the issues, to identify issues and areas for future study, and to educate the public and policy-makers about this emerging field.
The OECD and the Royal Society issued a report on the symposium in May 2010. Read the report here.
Support for the Symposium was provided by the National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Biotechnology Industry Organization.
A planning meeting was held on October 22-25, 2008 at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy.
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