Serendipity: A prominent ethicist is also thinking about synthetic biology at this moment.
Thomas Murray: Dir., The Hastings Center
Risk, Reward, Regulation and Synthetic Biology: The Ethical Questions
Environmental clean-up, medications with fewer side effects, improved food supplies-do the theoretical benefits of synthetic biology suggest we forge ahead on the basis of promise?
Or, do we focus on risks, such as unintended contamination or intentional weaponization, and hold back in the face of uncertainty?
And how do we navigate regulation between these different perspectives and mind-sets?