Written by: Karmella Haynes
“Karmella Haynes was among scientists and engineers to address national leaders at a recent U.S. Congressional briefing on issues raised by the emerging field of synthetic biology… The rapid advance of synthetic biology has prompted discussions about how to weigh the benefits of the research against potential social and ethical implications, and concerns about safety… Haynes and two colleagues – Steve Evans [Dow AgroSciences] and Jay Keasling [Director of Synberc] – gave presentations on those questions to staff members representing members of Congress, National Science Foundation officials, science journalists and other interested parties.”
Remarks were given by U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell of California. The session was moderated by Pramod Khargonekar, NSF assistant director for Engineering.
ASU News. ASU professor speaks to Congress about supporting synthetic biology research. https://asunews.asu.edu/20140718-haynes-congress-briefing-bioengineering
National Science Foundation. Media advisory: Learn the latest on synthetic biology at a June 26 Capitol Hill briefing. http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131810
Genome Compiler. Leading scientists address congress on future of synthetic biology. http://www.genomecompiler.com/leading-scientists-address-congress-on-future-of-synthetic-biology/