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Synthetic biology - the next phase of biotechnology and genetic engineering. TAB-Fokus

Sauter, A.; Albrecht, S.; Doren, D. van; König, H. ORCID iD icon; Reiß, T.; Trojok, R.


Scientific and technological progress allows to genetically redesign natural organisms in ever more profound ways (synbio in the broader sense). In the long term, the aim is to create artificial biological systems (synbio in the narrow sense). Application areas are chemical and energy production, environmental protection as well as the medical sector. Considering the current, early state of research and development, it is impossible to forecast reliably which approaches of synbio will prevail against procedures that make use of the available biological diversity or that are limited to more subtle interventions. Risk assessment and the evaluation of substantially modified organisms will require the development and exploration of new methods and procedures. Opportunities for different societal groups to participate in the responsible development of synbio are ranging from stakeholder involvement in setting research agendas to DIY biology. Dealing with intellectual property within the framework of an increasingly digital economy will also represent a major challenge for the future use of synbio.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000134320
Veröffentlicht am 05.08.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Sonstiges
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 11.2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2364-2645
KITopen-ID: 1000134320
HGF-Programm 48.01.02 (POF III, LK 01) Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Verlag Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
Umfang 4 S.
Serie TAB-Fokus ; 7
Schlagwörter Biology; Technology assessment; Biological safety; Biotechnology; Research; Research project; Genetic engineering; Synthetic biology
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