by Pete Shanks (Originally appeared on HuffPo.) Austen Heinz of Cambrian Genomics has been trolling hard lately, as blogger Josh Cunningham notes. That is, he’s been spouting provocative opinions to get attention. And it seems to be working, from his point of view. Not only was Heinz involved in the vagina bio-hack nonsense, but he told the Wall Street Journal last June, “I can’t believe that after 10 or 20 years, people will not design their children digitally.” And he doubled down in [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.
East Bay Conversations in Berkeley and streaming online A video of this event will be posted soon. Biotech whistleblower, Becky McClain, and international lab safety expert Ed Hammond talk with Movement Generation’s Gopal Dayaneni about the biolabs targeted for siting throughout the so-called “East Bay Green Corridor,” biolab worker and community safety, and biosecurity. Brower Center’s Goldman Theater – 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley Free and Open to the Public Livestream broadcast at www.synbiowatch.org About the [More]
Seeding Labs, Ceding Seeds: Regional And Global Impacts Of The Biotech Bonanza Brower Center’s Goldman Theater – 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley View the video of the event! Vandana Shiva, PhD in conversation with Gopal Dayaneni, of Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project. World renowned environmental philosopher and activist Vandana Shiva illuminates the corporate assault on biological and cultural diversity and helps us connect the dots: What is the East Bay “Green Corridor,” who is creating [More]
PDF version of this document: LBNL – RANC Recommended Mitigations The Lawrence Berkeley “National” Lab (LBNL) in partnership with the Department of Energy plan to build a high profile, billion-dollar laboratory on Richmond’s South Shoreline. While public pronouncements tell us the lab will focus on ‘green’ energy research, the reality of it is much more complicated. The risks that synthetic biology poses to worker safety, public health, community and the environment are poorly understood, and [More]
East Bay Conversations: The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology is a series of public lectures beginning March 21 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley to give in-depth attention to the many faces and facets of the current state of biotechnology. From attempts to revolutionize the energy sector, to dreams of human perfection, to creating modular molecules for endless cultural and agricultural applications, the promises of synthetic biology are profoundly alluring — but the perils are a potential Pandora’s box of private patents, pandemics and plagues.
While this announcement in the Richmond Confidential suggests that Bay Area residents might want to consider wildlife and birds, noise pollution and new traffic as they weigh in on the proposed second campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, here at synbiowatch, we’re quite a bit more concerned about bio-hazardous material, leakage of artificial organisms, worker safety, and disaster prevention. The Notice of Preparation is online, and anyone who wants to suggest additions or changes can comment online, via [More]
LBNL has opened comment period for Richmond Bay Campus: Jan 4-Feb 4. Read and download the notice of preparation, here : http://richmondbaycampus.lbl.gov/assets/docs/env/RBC_LRDP_EIR_NOP.pdf NOTE: A public scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Review will be held from 7:00-9:00 PM on January 23, 2013 at the Richmond City Council Chambers, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. The US Department of Energy may use this scoping meeting to fulfill requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act and under 10 CFR Part [More]
Note: We post this article about a fire at a biolab in West Berkeley because it serves as a reminder of the fallibility of human engineering. While such labs may be considered safe under ‘normal’ conditions, normal conditions are increasingly rare in this, the Age of Disasters. — Synbiowatch Cross-posted from Berkeleyside Berkeley firefighters put out a two-alarm roof fire in West Berkeley on Monday afternoon at a biology lab space leased by the Lawrence Berkeley [More]
By Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times, Cross-posted from the San Jose Mercury-News RICHMOND — Developers and business leaders have exhorted Chevron to expand operations in the city’s Marina Bay district, and now elected officials are set to join the chorus. The City Council is expected on Tuesday to pass a resolution urging its largest taxpayer to invest in new research and office space in the shoreline district, which many think is brimming with the potential to [More]