A Risky Development: The University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the US Department of Energy have unveiled plans to build a high profile biotech laboratory in the East Bay. The lab and associated commercial activity will focus on developing biofuels and other products using synthetic biology: an extreme form of genetic engineering that creates artificial life. Ground Zero for Syn Bio: Already a multi-billion dollar field, synthetic biology is fast becoming the next [More]
As it grows, synthetic biology will affect the global environment and economy. It’s first impacts will be felt in the places where it is being developed, in the economies it displaces, in both the global north and south. SynBioWatch tracks these “hotspots” and reports on the social struggles resulting from synthetic biology impacts.