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CRI Research Seminar: Jake Wintermute

CRI Research Seminar: Jake Wintermute

Distributed Approaches to Teaching and Doing Synthetic Biology

Emerging applications of synthetic biology promise major changes in medicine, food, ecology and other domains. Even as the impacts of genetic technologies become more diverse and widespread, the institutions that develop them remain homogenous and centralized. The result is substantial public opposition to many new biotechnologies.

What if we, the scientific experts, are doing everything wrong? This talk will be a conversation about strategies for including more people in the process of doing research and in setting research priorities. Who should be doing synthetic biology and what are their motivations for doing so? How can we balance expert knowledge with public values? What would a popular version of biotechnology look like and what would it take to transition from our current practices?


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