By preventing bioengineered microalgae from growing outside the lab, researchers have reduced the risk of the genetically modified organisms escaping into the wild.
Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology explores and envisions potential misuses of synthetic biology. This report develops a framework to guide an assessment of the security concerns related to advances in synthetic biology, assesses the levels of concern warranted for such advances, and identifies options that could help mitigate those concerns.
The industry as a whole has an opportunity to build on the initial self-regulation model that has been employed by several pioneering gene synthesis companies.
For Chinese authorities struggling with the rapid spread of a disease that’s threatening to devastate the world’s largest pig industry, Russia’s No. 1 pork producer has the answer -- get bigger and cleaner or get out.
The claims from He Jiankui that he has used gene editing to produce twin girls demand action. A new registry of research is a good start.
As our countries become more intertwined, the cultural differences are harder to ignore.
Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported a third farm outbreak of classical swine fever, but not at a private farm - but at the Gifu prefectural livestock research institute where a high level of biosecurity would normally be expected.
After the drill, all localities nationwide were asked to draw up plans and carry out similar drills to prepare.
Scientists say there's no certain way to stop someone intent on monkeying with DNA, no matter what laws or standards are in place.
The dual-use nature of emerging biotechnology necessitates biosecurity measures in industry, particularly for the gene synthesis sector which produces DNA sequences to order.