The Winter q-bio meeting brings together scientists and engineers who are interested in all areas of q-bio. Systems Biology has arisen as the deduction of interaction networks from -omics data generated in the wake of remarkable technological achievements. Likewise, DNA synthesis technologies are driving the development of Synthetic Biology, whereby engineered circuitry and even entire genomes can be reconstituted from chemical building blocks. These two emerging areas have catalyzed the growth of Quantitative Biology.
From genome editing to hacking the microbiome, advances in the life sciences and its associated technological revolution have already altered the biosecurity landscape.
This study highlights the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, helps policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate this space, and illuminates broader trends in the life sciences that may impact the biosecurity landscape.