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FBI Synthetic Biology Training

By |2019-02-06T19:37:41+00:00July 24th, 2017|

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 knowledge and insight into the rapidly evolving field of synthetic biology. At first glance, a [...]

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures

By |2019-02-06T19:38:06+00:00December 12th, 2016|

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 gene drives to alter animals in the wild

By |2019-02-06T19:41:29+00:00July 23rd, 2014|

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 [...]

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

By |2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00June 2nd, 2014|

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 of a culture of security in biology that goes beyond the traditional notion of biosecurity [...]

Developing a culture of security for synthetic biology

By |2019-04-04T17:18:25+00:00May 14th, 2014|

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 biology?  What are the roadblocks preventing these things from being done? Jean: I think that a [...]