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." But how do you get started with DIY Synthetic Bio? And in case you are a biology amateur that is just beginning, how can you be sure you and your environment are safe? At the moment, because the discipline its in its infancy, it's hard to find reliable resources online. There are multiple blogs, websites, facebook groups, and still a few textbooks that offer information on getting started with synthetic biology. We propose to create, a community-run website dedicated to best practices on synthetic biology. This resource would act as a centralized hub of information on open-source protocols and experiments by and for the synthetic biology community. would have three pillars. First, a section dedicated to learning, that would be the fusion of a Wiki page and a platform similar to StackOverflow, but for biology. Second, a section devoted to safety, with information on best practices on running a biology lab. Third, a section intented for community building, where users can ask their peers whenever questions arise.

Next Week: Biodesign

Read and annotate the sequence files for a DNA molecule. Isolate that DNA from cells, run an enzymatic reaction on it, and show the change you made