FOEA Emerging tech Project


An increasing number of people – many with no formal biological training – are genetically engineering common microbes in community labs and kitchens, posing potentially serious risks to the environment and human health and raising serious ethical questions. These individuals regard the living world as suitable for hacking, like the entirely artificial digital world. They also believe that voluntary codes of conduct are sufficient...

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GM 2.0

Want to know what ‘New Plant Breeding Techniques’ or ‘gene editing’ actually means? We’ve put together a factsheet explaining what these techniques are and why they need to be regulated.

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Synthetic biology

The field is evolving so rapidly that even scientists working in it don’t agree on a definition, but in essence synthetic biology (synbio) is an extreme version of genetic engineering. Instead of swapping genes from one species to another (as in genetic engineering), synthetic biology creates entirely new forms of life – Synthetically Modified Organisms (SMOs) – or reprograms organisms to do things that would not naturally occur. Synbio...

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