Principles and Practices

Week 1 > Design one governance action to ensure an ethical future for biotechnology

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“Synthetic biology will be available to anyone with a spare room and a few hundred dollars, spawning the so-called “DIY Bio” movement, which is expected to involve non-commercial experimentation.” How do you get started with DIY Synthetic Bio? How can you be sure you are safe? Fragmented information: Online kits, blogs, facebook groups, few textbooks available on the topic, few resources on best practices for DIY Bio,.


More information, less risk. Ex. Centralized resource & community: transparent information available for biohackers.

Assumptions & Risks of “Success”

Funding and maintenance. Misuse of information. Wrongdoers find their ways.

Next Week's Assignment

Short description of next week's assignment.