Assessing Risk and Managing Biocontainment

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DAY 2: Wed July 10
4:30 - 6:00

Synthetic biology involves the engineering of living microorganisms using synthetic genetic constructs. In some applications, the engineered organisms must be released into the natural environment to perform their tasks. This raises concerns about biocontainment and risk that need to be actively addressed. How should risk assessment be carried out for synthetic biology? Is it possible to develop mechanisms to effectively mitigate risks, while acknowledging uncertainty? What are the potential consequences of our ability to synthesize genes at increasing scale and rate? In this session, we will explore key issues related to biocontainment, biosafety, risk assessment and biosecurity, and recent efforts and developments in addressing them.

Location: Great Hall, Sherfield Building