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Genome Synthesis and Design Futures: Exploring the Economic and Societal Implications of Accelerating Biotechnologies

Genome Synthesis and Design Futures is an on-going multiclient activity to explore the implications of dramatic gains in the power of enabling biotechnology (gene sequencing and gene synthesis technologies), and the equally dramatic decline in cost of these technologies — and their broad diffusion — both geographically, and into an increasing array of non-traditional areas of application. Among the questions addressed are:

  • What does it mean for traditional process industries?
  • What are the biosecurity implications?
  • How will dominant paradigms change as a result?