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  • 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
  • #SynbioForum: Read Rathenau's Storify of the event!

    Curious to know what happened at the #SynbioForum? Want to see some pictures? Read the Rathenau Institute's great summary of all tweets. Go to Storify
  • iGEMer’s Guide to the Future

    The iGEMer’s Guide to the Future is an interactive web-based tool that supports iGEM teams in their integrated human practices work and to do responsible research and innovation. 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
21/04/2017

Enzymes "are at the center of synthetic biology" because of their ability to help make new products, said Frances Arnold, a biochemist, engineer and Dickinson professor at the California Institute of Technology.

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02/11/2016

We launched our Integrated Human Practices visual tool at the iGEM Giant Jamboree 2016. Read more here.

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Julie Carrera and colleagues found hundreds of contract manufacturing companies capable of produ

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On 20 March 2017, some 30 French research institutions, civil society organisations and associat

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