Team:Arizona State/Biosecurity


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A Policy Analysis on the Implications of iGEM and DIY biology on Biosecurity and Law

Despite decades of pushing for public acceptance of genetically modified organisms, the public is still largely against the use of genetic engineering to modify life. The ASU iGEM team recognizes this issue as one that requires more effective education for the masses and an understanding of the inherent risks involved in genetic engineering and synthetic biology when translated into real world applications. We wanted to move beyond the lab bench to analyze the impact that students of iGEM can have on the public with their research and explain why good science alone is not the answer to public acceptance of synthetic biology principles.

Members of the 2013 ASU iGEM Team recently had the privilege to enroll in a second-year law course at ASU’s Sandra Day O’ Connor School of Law through the Barrett Honors college Project Excellence program. Three undergraduate students attending Arizona State University were permitted to enroll in Dr. Gary Marchant’s "LAW691: Biotechnology: Law, Science, and Policy" course, in which the legal, ethical, and societal implications of biotechnology were discussed in great deal with a strong focus on policy. Based on education from the course, members of ASU iGEM evaluated various safety and security points in both synthetic biology and the biotechnology movement as a whole.