Biosecurity for the Age of Redesigned Life
Forget dissecting frogs and building potato batteries. High school students today are learning genetic engineering–and some are even redesigning life. Bioethicists and the FBI have taken note and are rethinking biosecurity for the synthetic biology revolution.
Laurie Garrett is senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, New York.
Kenneth Oye is the director of MIT’s Program on Emerging Technologies and associate professor of political science and engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Peter Carr is the director of judging at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) and senior staff and synthetic biology lead at the MIT Lincoln Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Ed You is supervisory special agent for the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the Biological Countermeasures Unit in Washington, D.C.