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August 04, 2015

Synthetic Biology Comes in Peace

Scientists Wonder if the Public Is Prepared for Designer Genomes

Synthetic Biology Comes in Peace

At the Fourth Annual Sc2.0 and Synthetic Genomes Conference, an event focused on recent progress toward synthetic yeast chromosomes, a pair of panel discussions assessed public attitudes toward synthetic biology. [© zentilia/Fotolia]

Given its current trajectory and rate of approach, synthetic biology is hurtling toward a close encounter with the public Yes, synthetic biology means well, but its emissaries anticipate a wary reception They know that the public remains blissfully unaware that anything like synthetic biology even exists—outside of science fiction Alas, ...

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