Professor Steven Blanke discusses synthetic biology: its commercial, medical and security applications, and the risks associated with this emerging, rapidly developing, and largely unregulated sub-field.
*note: this video presents materials that are part of the ACDIS Focal Point graduate seminar course, fall 2009, on "Science, Technology, and Security: New Institutions to Manage Global Security in the 21st Century."
Video length: 62 mins. 23 secs.
Topics include: definitions and principles of synthetic biology; BioBricks; Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition; applications for commercial use, biosecurity; risk assessments; Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention; models of institutional governance.
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