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It (Ten tales of Synthetic Biology) is a great way for students to think about broader implications of technology in practice and about how technology assessment can move beyond a narrow consideration of health and safety risks.

Kathy Jo Wetter, author of one of the prefaces of our book

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Human Practices Section

Human Practices

Responsible Research and Innovation

Science must be useful to society. Reciprocally, Human Practices approaches should serve scientists, who should not see it as just biosafety warnings, legal limitations or research obstacles. Responsible Research and Innovation deals with Science as a part of the Society, with which a transparent and fruitful feedback is set. We committed to apply such transparency in our project; in our honest notebook; in the form of the biosafety form; a TV-like iGEM news in youtube; and in our wiki.

We have studied all the available bibliography on RRI and prepared the first Report on RRI and Synthetic Biology with a focus on iGEM. We discuss what is RRI, how it relates to new technologies such SB, and why the iGEM competition should pay attention to this brand new way of applying Human Practices to research: with an integrative and positive perspective.

Ten Tales on Synthetic Biology

Once imbibed in RRI, we decided to make an experiment with ourselves: the team was divided in two groups of five students each, and each group was randomly assigned a very optimistic or a very pessimistic view on Synthetic Biology. This yielded our dual book with both the bright and dark side of this new discipline, not unlike R.L. Stevenson “Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde”... We asked an enthusiast of SB, Robert Carlson, to write one of the prefaces, while Kathy Jo Wetter, a member of the ECT group, wrote the other.

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