July 2010
 

The Risks and Rewards of Synthetic Genomics


NFTH-iconBY KYLE M. BROWN

On May 27, in response to the recent announcement that scientists had created the first microbe with a man-made genome, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee heard expert testimony on the scientific and ethical implications of synthetic biology. During the hearing, representatives sought to understand the emerging technology’s benefits and risks. 

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