Panel Tomorrow (10/8), 4 PM: Synthetic Biology – Science, Policy, and Ethics

DNAdata_green_slideSynthetic Biology: Science, Policy, and Ethics
October 8, 2015 4:00 PM
Harkness South Dining Room (205), Casperson Student Center
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA [Map]



Synthetic biology, “which aims to apply standardized engineering techniques to biology and thereby create organisms or biological systems with novel or specialized functions to address countless needs,”* offers the potential for tremendous benefit, alongside a range of possible risks.  How should these benefits and risks be balanced, from a scientific, ethical, and policy perspective?  Please join us for a discussion of these issues with a leader in the field of synthetic biology and an expert in risk regulation and policy.


  • George ChurchProfessor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Director, org
  • Adam Finkel, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Penn Program on Regulation, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Moderator: Holly Fernandez Lynch Executive Director, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

This event is free and open to the public.

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Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

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