Presidential Commission: U.S. Government Urged to Take Caution with ‘Synthetic Biology’

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Government needs to ensure laboratory-made microbes do not cause catastrophes.

The emerging field of “synthetic biology” holds great promise for producing new medicines, cleaning up the environment, and providing alternative energy sources and other benefits, but the U.S. government needs to take precautions to ensure that laboratory-made microbes do not cause unexpected catastrophes, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has concluded in its first report.

 

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