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


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

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Abstract

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 Articles
CreatorsSchmidt, M., Torgersen, H., Ganguli-Mitra, A., Kelle, A., Deplazes, A. and Biller-Andorno, N.
DOI10.1007/s11693-008-9019-y
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code21933

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