Group of Organizations Call for More Regulation of Synthetic Biology
Posted 14 March 2012 | By
A group of more than 100 organizations are calling for new regulations on synthetic biology, saying current practices are inadequate to safeguard against safety issues, reports Science Magazine.
The group-the Synthetic Biology Project (SBP)-is composed of a variety of environmental, watchdog and public interest organizations. The group put forth a series of recommendations recently that call for a moratorium on synthetic biology until adequate safety regulations can be put in place to protect both workers and the environment.
Among SBP's 17 other recommendations: a risk assessment review, development of pre-release risk assessment criteria, international coordination and dialogue, monitoring/containment/control strategies, ethics education, ongoing risk assessment, mandatory oversight regulations and clinical research risk assessment.
Science Magazine - 111 Organizations Call for Synthetic Biology Moratorium
Synthetic Biology Project - overview of recommendations