Sophisticated algorithms could help DNA-synthesis companies avoid making dangerous organisms on demand.
Computer-aided systems are helping researchers to create genetic circuits to order.
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.
Mankind’s newfound ability to edit germline codes will soon be widely available. We will also be able to extend the palette of naturally available amino acids for molecular assembly. The US needs a policy framework that defines and addresses the five key decisions that will determine whether we can leverage the benefits and simultaneously defend against attacks.
Built from the bottom up, synthetic cells and other creations are starting to come together and could soon test the boundaries of life.
Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens, argues Professor Kevin Esvelt.
Researchers announced at a synthetic biology meeting in San Francisco that by using close relatives of the DNA-writing enzymes in living things, they can build DNA strands up to 150 nucleotide bases.
By engineering cells with synthetic biology components, the research team has experimentally demonstrated a proof-of-concept device enabling robust and reliable information exchanges between electrical and biological (molecular) domains.