December 17th, 2010
Posted by Shane Climie, Ph.D.
A recent article in The New York Times sheds light on concerns about synthetic biology, a field thus christened as the result of advances in DNA synthesis, bioinformatics, and protein engineering. In the article, journalist Andrew Pollack reports that President Obama’s bioethics commission found no need to temporarily halt research or impose new regulations on synthetic biology.
Synthetic biology – a new area of biological research that combines science and engineering in order to design and build novel biological functions and systems – has already been subject to much controversy and hype. Nevertheless, it is an area that holds great long-term promise for the creation of many novel human healthcare products: It is the ultimate realization of genetic engineering. Read the rest of this entry »