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Security in Synthetic Biology
The core purpose of synthetic biology is to "make biology easier to engineer" — which means easier for anyone, regardless of intent. Current and recent developments in synthetic biology present new challenges for global biosecurity:
- DNA synthesis (cheaper, easier, and faster)
- Open-source biological parts
- Modular design for reusability
Security in iGEM
iGEM teams are encouraged to grapple with the difficult biosecurity questions that are raised by synthetic biology in general, or by their project in particular. As part of their Human Practices work, several teams have directly addressed security questions:
- Lethbridge 2013
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has been a sponsor of iGEM for several years, using the Jamborees as an opportunity to conduct outreach and dialogue with the next generation of synthetic biologists.