biosecurity

synthetic biology training

FBI Synthetic Biology Training

FBI Training Objectives For one week in May, we hosted 11 agents and analysts from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for an intensive synthetic biology training program. The goal of this event was to give the law enforcement personnel foundational...

security of biomanufacturing

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures

I am glad to be part of a multi-institutional team newly commissioned to analyze the security of biomanufacturing infrastructures.  Facilities that manufacture biologic drugs like vaccines are a critical part of the nation’s biodefense infrastructure. Possible breaches of data systems controlling...

Opiate synthesis in yeast

Opiate synthesis in yeast

This article got a lot of attention because of its potential biosecurity implications. Even though the paper only describes the synthesis of an intermediate, media quickly extrapolated to envision this as an avenue to home-brewed morphine and other addictive drugs....

synthetic biology security

PLoS publishes blog entry on biosecurity

The PLoS Synthetic Biology Community republished an edited version of a blog entry entitled Developing a culture of security in synthetic biology posted on this web site a few months ago. Check it out on the PLoS web site. Drop us a line...

Synthetic gene drives to alter animals in the wild

George Church’s group published in eLife an article entitled “Concerning RNA-guided gene drives for the alteration of wild populations“in which they describe how CRISPR could be used to alter the genome of animals in the wild. A possible application of...

Interview with Andrew Snyder-Beattie about security in synthetic biology.

I was recently interviewed by Andrew Snyder-Beattie from the Future of Humanity Institute. I am putting edited excerpts from this interview below with the hope of engaging a discussion.  During this discussion, I am advocating that we work toward the development...

synthetic biology security

Developing a culture of security for synthetic biology

I was recently interviewed by Andrew Snyder-Beattie from the Future of Humanity Institute. I am putting edited excerpts from this interview below with the hope of engaging a discussion.   Andrew: What  should be done to address the risks of synthetic...