Dossier: Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Biology (or Syn Bio) describes a set of new genetic techniques for designing and engineering lifeforms for industrial purposes. As an 'extreme' form of genetic engineering, Syn Bio not only isolates natural genes and inserts them into organisms but also creates new genetic codes. So far, there is neither a public debate worth mentioning nor any regulation by law.
Our dossier looks at the risks Synthetic Biology poses for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Gene drives have not been tested for unintended consequences, nor fully evaluated for ethical and social impacts.