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Synbiosafe e-conference:online community discussion on the societal aspects of synthetic biology


Schmidt, M; Torgersen, H; Ganguli-Mitra, A; Kelle, A; Deplazes, A; Biller-Andorno, N (2008). Synbiosafe e-conference:online community discussion on the societal aspects of synthetic biology. Systems and Synthetic Biology, 2(1-2):7-17.

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As part of the SYNBIOSAFE project, we carried out an open electronic conference (e-conference), with the aim to stimulate an open debate on the societal issues of synthetic biology in a proactive way. The e-conference attracted 124 registered participants from 23 different countries and different professional backgrounds, who wrote 182 contributions in six different categories: (I) Ethics; (II) Safety; (III) Security; (IV) IPR; (V) Governance and regulation; (VI) and Public perception. In this paper we discuss the main arguments brought up during the e-conference and provide our conclusions about how the community thinks, and thinks differently on the societal impact of synthetic biology. Finally we conclude that there is a chance for an open discourse on the societal issues of synthetic biology happening, and that the rules to govern such a discourse might be set up much easier and be respected more readily than many would suggest.

As part of the SYNBIOSAFE project, we carried out an open electronic conference (e-conference), with the aim to stimulate an open debate on the societal issues of synthetic biology in a proactive way. The e-conference attracted 124 registered participants from 23 different countries and different professional backgrounds, who wrote 182 contributions in six different categories: (I) Ethics; (II) Safety; (III) Security; (IV) IPR; (V) Governance and regulation; (VI) and Public perception. In this paper we discuss the main arguments brought up during the e-conference and provide our conclusions about how the community thinks, and thinks differently on the societal impact of synthetic biology. Finally we conclude that there is a chance for an open discourse on the societal issues of synthetic biology happening, and that the rules to govern such a discourse might be set up much easier and be respected more readily than many would suggest.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
08 University Research Priority Programs > Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:07 Nov 2008 08:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:28
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1872-5325
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s11693-008-9019-y
Official URL:http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=2671589&blobtype=pdf
PubMed ID:19003430
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3947

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