EDITORIAL

Judging synthetic biology risks

Science  09 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6218, pp. 107
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa5253

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Summary

Last month, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committees issued a draft opinion on whether existing risk assessment methods are adequate for synthetic biology. This opinion, which was written by a Working Group of 20 experts from Europe and the United States,* could have a substantial impact on shaping European and global synthetic biology policy for years to come. It is open for public comment through 3 February 2015.†