• 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
  • iGEM Giant Jamboree 2015

    SYNENERGENE will join the 280 student, high school and community lab teams in Boston to view the results of this year's competition and to discuss RRI in synthetic biology. 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

"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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This year the Doomsday Clock was set at three minutes to midnight, two minutes closer to catastrophe than in 2014.

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

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