"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
-Isaac Asimov, Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988).
Marylka Griffith’s winning entry in a competition run by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Some people believe that synthetic biology is a horrific transgression of the natural world, while others believe it follows naturally from our growing understanding of biological systems.
Some believe that ethical decisions involve some kind of calculus weighing risks and benefits, and some believe there are moral rules we cannot cross without losing our humanity.
Some even think that morality is just behaviour that has evolved through natural selection.
What do you believe?
How does Synthetic Biology make you feel?
Do you think this sort of thing is likely to happen?
Report given to the Obama administration in 2010.
Collaborative study of policy options for synthetic genomics done in 2007.
2007 report investigating the effects of synthetic biology on vulnerable peoples and the environment.