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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
01/07/2016

Around 50 people attended the panel session on ‘freedom and security in an age of synthetic biology: challenges, concerns, needs’, chaired by Christopher Coenen, during the conference “Synthetic Biology – Visions of the Future” at NEMO, Amsterdam

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01/07/2016

Some 40-45 participants in the conference “Synthetic Biology – Visions of the Future” at NEMO in Amsterdam on 24 June 2016 discussed cultural and religious aspects of synthetic biology with experts.

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