Tag: synthetic biology

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December 5, 2016

Looking Back at the Bioethics Commission’s Blog

Throughout its tenure, the Bioethics Commission has maintained an active digital presence to connect with a global audience. A major component of this has been through its blog. This final blog post reflects on the role the blog has played in disseminating the Bioethics Commission’s work.
November 21, 2016

Ethically Sound Episode 10: Charting a Path Forward

The tenth and final episode of the Bioethics Commission’s podcast series, Ethically Sound, is now available. Today’s episode, “Charting a Path Forward,” focuses on the Bioethics Commission’s two most recent public meetings, during which the Bioethics Commission reflected on the impact of past, present, and future of national bioethics advisory bodies.
October 17, 2016

Ethically Sound Episode 6: New Directions

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues bioethics_twitter-v3-08(Bioethics Commission) has released the sixth episode, "New Directions", in its new podcast series Ethically Sound. This podcast series is dedicated to bringing the Bioethics Commission’s body of work to a broad audience. The Bioethics Commission, established in 2009 by President Bara ck Obama, has produced 10 reports, each of which focuses on key ethical considerations surrounding a particular topic. Today’s episode is based on the Bioethics Commission’s first report, New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies.
July 23, 2015

Bioethics Deliberation and Education in New Directions

Two weeks ago, in the blog post “A Background on Deliberation and Education in Bioethics,” we discussed the role of deliberation and education in the recommendations issued by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). These principles remain a common thread throughout the Bioethics Commission’s work. This second post of the […]
February 13, 2015

New Educational Module from the Bioethics Commission on Community Engagement in Synthetic Biology

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has posted to Bioethics.gov a new educational module on community engagement in the context of synthetic biology. The module integrates material from the Bioethics Commission’s report New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies (New Directions). The aim of this module is […]
December 16, 2010

Paul Root Wolpe Discusses PCSBI Report on Syn Bio

The President’s Commission on Bioethical Issues released the Executive Summary of its Report on the Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies.…

May 21, 2010

Taking a Page from Pres. Clinton's Book, Obama Asks PCSBI to Study Synthetic Life

Without missing a beat, President Obama has asked the newly empaneled Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (ever more on this blog to be referred to as PCSBI, because that’s just a mouthful) to do a comprehensive review of the issue of synthetic life on the heel’s of the announcement made by the J.…

May 20, 2010

Caplan Asks, "What Does It Mean to Be Alive?"

Venter has done it again. But this time, he’s really done it–according to an article in Science, Venter’s team has made a truly living, self-replicating organism made from non-living parts, a bacterium.…

March 12, 2008

The Ethical Implications of Synthetic Life Symposium


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.…

January 29, 2008

The label on the synethic genome

Wired Science, with the help of a few scientists, has decoded the “watermarks” placed in the synthetic genome recently constructed by the Venter Institute.…

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News (3)

July 29, 2012 9:31 am

Synthetic life: the revolution begins (Financial Times)

Now his teams – working in tandem at the non-profit J. Craig Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics, a biotech company in California – are well on the way to making synthetic microbes distinctly different to anything in nature. “We have a design contest to come up with a genome designed completely in a computer,” Venter says. “Three different versions of the genome are being constructed now and we hope to know by the end of the summer whether any of these designs will work as a living cell.”
July 18, 2012 10:11 am

The Meaning of Life — According to Geneticist J. Craig Venter (TIME)

A profile in Forbes by Matthew Herper, dubbed Venter “the Bono of genetics,” sniping that “he warps the reality field around genetic research through sheer force of ego and showmanship.”  And yet Venter endures. Say what you will about his synthetic bacterium, no one else has achieved such a feat. And he is pressing on with other projects, more recently engineering a type of algae that is yellow rather than dark green, enabling light to pass through it so it can grow in greater density — providing what he hopes will be an ideal raw material for biofuel.

July 17, 2012 9:40 am

Synthetic Biology Scorecard Finds Federal Agencies Responding to Presidential Bioethics Commission Report (Market Watch: The Wall Street Journal)

Federal agencies have started taking steps to address the recommendations in a 2010 report from the presidential bioethics commission to improve the governance of synthetic biology research and development, though the government has not fully addressed any of the report recommendations, according to a scorecard tracking the efforts.