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synthetic biology: scope, applications and implications

Prof Richard Kitney, Chair of the Working Party, Royal Academy of Engineering
Prof Paul Freemont, Co-Director, Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation
Prof Nikolas Rose, Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

Synthetic biology means designing and building biological organisms to make them behave in new ways. This new technology has potential for major societal benefit and wealth creation in such areas as healthcare, energy and the environment. To coincide with the publication of a new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering on the next steps to build on the UK’s position in the field, key contributors to the report came to the SMC to present their findings.

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