Lessons Learned for Risk Governance of Synthetic Biology, Nanomaterials, and Other Emerging Technologies in a Post-2020 World

December 13, 2019 | Todd Kuiken

Khara Grieger and Todd Kuiken, Dec. 13, 2019 | On December 9th, a symposium was held at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, entitled “Risk Analysis of Engineered Nanomaterials: Where Have We Been, Lessons Learned, and Transfer of Knowledge to Other Emerging Technologies,” as a part of the Advanced Materials and Technologies Specialty Group....

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Does the US public support using gene drives to control agricultural pests?

September 11, 2019 | Guest Author

Mike Jones, Sep. 11, 2019 | The development of gene drives is progressing more rapidly than our understanding of public values towards these technologies. Findings from this research can inform responsible innovation in gene drive development and risk assessment....

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Todd Kuiken speaking at iGEM 2017, where he served on the Human Practices committee. Credit: iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight.

Todd Kuiken – Updates and Opportunities in the International Synbio Policy Space | GES Colloquium

September 10, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 9/10/19 | Dr. Todd Kuiken will provide an update on major international treaties and discussions around synthetic biology, and ways for NC State and the broader synbio community to participate in these activities....

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Illustration of biodiversity—forests, desert, oceans, tundra (Adobe Stock)

Can Genetic Engineering Save Our Planet’s Biodiversity?

June 25, 2019 | Guest Author

Andrew Moore, June 24, 2019 | Researchers at NC State’s College of Natural Resources — and around the world — are considering ways to employ genetic engineering for conservation....

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Genetic frontiers for conservation

IUCN Report: Genetic frontiers for conservation – An assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation

May 9, 2019 | Todd Kuiken

Todd Kuiken, May 9, 2019 | Synthetic biology – altering or redesigning genes to meet human objectives – is a fast-developing field with significant potential impacts on nature conservation, according to the Genetic frontiers for conservation assessment report. So far mostly applied in agriculture and medicine, synthetic biology could have substantial knock-on effects on conservation – including modified genes spreading to non-target species and affecting broader ecosystems, but also benefits such as saving threatened species, reduced fertiliser use or diminished demand for products derived from threatened species....

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