• Responsible Research and Innovation in Synthetic Biology

    Synenergene, a four-years project supported by the European Commission, aims to establish an open dialogue concerning the potential benefits and risks of synthetic biology. read more
  • What is YOUR perspective on synthetic biology?

    In our blog section "Perspectives", project partners and registered members of the Synenergene community share their thoughts and ideas on synthetic biology. Register now and write a blog entry! More
  • Creating Responsible Bioeconomies

    There is a need for the discussion of RRI in advanced biotechnology to be expanded to include the holistic concept of bioeconomy. In a series of future events, SYNENERGENE will take aspects of the bioeconomy into account. More
  • New publication in EMBO reports: Responsibility and intellectual property in synthetic biology

    SYNENERGENE's collaboration with iGEM team Valencia Biocampus in 2014 resulted in a paper that was recently published in EMBO reports's Science & Society section. More
  • Discuss 'hypes, hopes & hard reality' of emerging biotechnologies at EMBO/EMBL conference

    State-of-the-art research and reflections on responsibility will be discussed at the Science & Society conference on emerging biotechnologies in Heidelberg, 5-6 November 2015 - More...

What is synthetic biology?

  • „Synthetic biology comprises the research necessary to develop a living organism that can be described without reference to an existing organism.”
    E. R. Gold
  • „If you ask five people to define synthetic biology, you will get six answers. I'd say it is the (re-)design, construction and analysis of biological systems or sub-systems.”
    L. J. Prather
  • „Synthetic biology is becoming one of the hottest new fields of biology, with the potential to no less than revolutionize the way we do biotechnology today. ”
    Synbiosafe Project
  • „[Synthetic biology] is turning us into creators of the most basic parts of living nature. It opens up the possibility to augment nature with neo-microbes by an effort of engineering.”
    Joachim Boldt / Oliver Müller
  • „Synthetic biology is the engineering of biology: the synthesis of complex, biologically based (or inspired) systems which display functions that do not exist in nature.”
    EU High-Level Experts Group

Within the SYNENERGENE project, a number of online tools and activities have been developed and are yet going to be developed besides the main web presence on

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"Re-engineering life or Do we want to be unlimited" (RE-ENGINEERING LIFE oder WOLLEN WIR UNENDLICH SEIN?) is the title of a weekend-long theatre congress on the promises and perils of synthetic biology at SYNENERGENE partner

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Eugenio Battaglia has written a report on the BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival in Vienna fo

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What are the potential benefits and risks associated with altering human DNA?

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