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Trends Biotechnol. 2019 Jun 27. pii: S0167-7799(19)30133-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.05.011. [Epub ahead of print]

Synthetic Biology and the United Nations.

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1
Section of Structural Biology, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK; Centre for Synthetic Biology, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK.
2
Institute of Virology, Biomedical Research Centre, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84505 Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
3
Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7565, USA. Electronic address: tkuiken@ncsu.edu.
4
Institute of Virology, Biomedical Research Centre, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84505 Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Electronic address: Zuzana.Sekeyova@savba.sk.
5
Section of Structural Biology, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK; Centre for Synthetic Biology, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK. Electronic address: pfreemont@imperial.ac.uk.

Abstract

Synthetic biology is a rapidly emerging interdisciplinary field of science and engineering that aims to redesign living systems through reprogramming genetic information. The field has catalysed global debate among policymakers and publics. Here we describe how synthetic biology relates to these international deliberations, particularly the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

KEYWORDS:

United Nations; biodiversity; conservation; international treaty; regulatory policy; synthetic biology

PMID:
31257057
DOI:
10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.05.011
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