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Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures

security of biomanufacturing

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 these biomanufacturing supply chains call for an assessment of their vulnerability to cyberattacks. The U.S. […]

Synthetic Biology Security Course

synthetic biology security

Overview: Practical Introduction to Synthetic Biology Security Synthetic biology security can be difficult to assess. The emergence of synthetic biology is catalyzing a change of paradigms in life sciences. It supports the development of a new generation of biotechnology products, it enables radically new kinds of experiments in basic research, and it provides new training opportunities […]

PLoS publishes blog entry on biosecurity

synthetic biology security

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 to tell us if you think there is more to biosecurity in relation to synthetic […]

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 this approach could be to edit the genome of mosquitoes to prevent them from propagating […]