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03/12/2008

The Ethical Implications of Synthetic Life Symposium

transformed mycoplasma
Mycoplasma mycoides created at the Venter Institute by swapping a new genome into Mycoplasma capricolum

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be holding symposium on April 2 to explore the social, political and moral questions prompted by synthetic biology. Panelists will include:

+ Jaydee Hanson, policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment

+ Jef Boeke, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins

+ Gautam Mukunda, a political scientist from MIT

+ Glenn McGee, director of AMBI

UMBC’s Stephen Freedland will moderate, with introductions from UMBC’s Andrea Kalfoglou.

photo: J. Craig Venter Institute

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