Dossier: Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Biology (or Syn Bio) describes a set of new genetic techniques for designing and engineering lifeforms for industrial purposes. So far, there is neither a public debate worth mentioning nor any regulation by law.
Synthetic Biology also is a key topic for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity at its next Conference of Parties, COP 14, 17 - 29 November 2018 - Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Our dossier looks at the risks Synthetic Biology poses for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and sheds light on the controversial gene drive technology
Gene drives have not been tested for unintended consequences, nor fully evaluated for ethical and social impacts.