Navigation Links
Technology to screen for synbio abuses lags
Date:9/16/2010

tary customer and order screening system in place. But in general, current screening practices are non-uniform and disorganized.

Samuel et al believe there is a strong case for creating a global clearinghouse to oversee centrally all DNA sequence ordering, and provide a better means of regulating the DNA sequence trade. The benefits include detecting when different companies are used for multiple orders; crosschecking national and international databases; and screening individual orders for inconsistencies.

Unfortunately, the technology required for an effective clearinghouse is not currently available. The present regulatory technological capability for the synthetic life sciences is, at best, embryonic. Existing screening software efficiency is low (generating too many false positives); screening processes are too easily evaded; and there is no agreed procedure for investigating and managing suspect sequence orders. The onus is on current policy makers to make developing better technology a priority.

"The biosecurity threats posed by the synthetic sciences are very real, and yet efforts to counter these risks are hindered by limitations in existing technology and by failure to develop biosecurity responses that cross national borders and bypass national interests," says Samuel. "It is crucial that political and financial support is made available to advance public policy in this area and to hasten the development of better regulatory technology."

Synthetic genomics is the chemical synthesis of DNA sequences. The synthesized sequences can already exist as in the chemical synthesis of genes naturally found in an organism or it can involve the synthesis of novel, unnatural DNA sequences. Synthetic biology is both the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems and the redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes.

Because the synthetic life sciences may enable the synthe
'/>"/>

Contact: Jayne Fairley
jayne.fairley@sagepub.co.uk
020-732-48719
SAGE Publications UK
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Wearable sensor technology to measure physical activity
2. Carnegie Mellon receives funding to create new program studying environmental impact of nanotechnology
3. Developments in nanobiotechnology at UCSB point to medical applications
4. New technology may prolong the life of implanted devices, from pacemakers to chemotherapy ports
5. GEN reports on rediscovered technology to bolster proteomics research
6. Health care using telephone and telemonitoring technology benefits heart failure patients
7. Louisiana Tech professor, researcher receives patent for electromagnetic technology
8. Nano Letters publishes Dr. Yong Shis energy harvesting technology
9. Pioneering Use of Mobile Technology to Conduct Clinical Trials in Emerging Economies
10. New TGen technology reduces storage needs and costs for genomic data
11. Harvards Wyss Institute develops technology to produce sugar from photosynthetic bacteria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/28/2014)... the world,s most important crop-producing countries will be fully ... if current trends continue, according to a new study ... one-in-ten pest types can already be found in around ... this spread advances at its current rate, scientists fear ... be overwhelmed by pests within the next 30 years. ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... August 27, 2014. Using functional near infrared spectroscopy ... activation patterns between people with multiple sclerosis (MS) ... study in which brain activation was studied using ... article, "Neuroimaging and cognition using functional near infrared ... on June 11 by Brain Imaging and ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns of activity than ... a study of monkeys has found. The scientists explored ... activity of brain cell networks. The study was partly ... looked into the brain and may have seen why ... Aaron Batista, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New study charts the global invasion of crop pests 2Kessler Foundation researchers publish first study of brain activation in MS using fNIRS 2Scientists plug into a learning brain 2Scientists plug into a learning brain 3
... Illinois, established at the University of Illinois last year ... Agriculture, will receive another $500,000 in grants over several ... fostering collaborations and the free flow of information among ... environment and agriculture. The center has three areas ...
... A new book, Speaking of Genetics: A ... in the field of genetics. The collection makes a compelling ... range of genetic questions as recounted by the scientists themselves. ... interfaces with genetics. All interviews were conducted by Jane ...
... New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ... Toronto, Canada provides further clues as to why Autism Spectrum ... scientists discovered that males who carry specific alterations of DNA ... of developing ASD. The research is published in the September ...
Cached Biology News:Center integrates human, animal, environmental health 2Center integrates human, animal, environmental health 3Link to autism in boys found in missing DNA 2
(Date:8/28/2014)... month, executives from clinical trial marketing firm BBK Worldwide will ... Patient-Centered Clinical Trials 2014 , to be held at the ... 4-5. Patient recruitment experts Bonnie A. Brescia , ... insights on the benefits of employing an effective patient engagement ... to mobile apps – can be used to drive study ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... WA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 Sterlitech ... Filtration’s polymeric membranes to its stable of products ... available molecular weight cut-offs and include membrane filters with ... steady increase in customer demand for our membrane process ... greater variety of flat sheet membranes,” explains Sterlitech President ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Exciting new work by a Florida State University research ... can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert ... molecule looks like a butterfly. , Biwu Ma, associate ... in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, created the molecule ... continued to discover that his creation has many other ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... August 28, 2014 A new ... the world is available from Strategic Consulting, Inc., ... “ Industrial Microbiology Market Review, Fourth Edition: Global ... ” (IMMR—4) tracks and compares microbiology test volumes, ... America, Europe and Asia, and forecasts future volumes ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BBK Worldwide Leads Sessions at Key September Events 2Sterlitech Corporation Enhances Its Selection of Flat Sheet Membrane Filters 2Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices 22 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide 22 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide 3
... . - A California taxpayer and consumer rights group ... the position of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ... for the Wisconsin foundation said its recent $1 million ... ability to defend patents. , ,Representatives of the ...
... In our last encounter, we reviewed the list of the leading Big ... would look at some of the leading pharmaceuticals products and deals of ... Products , Product/Company Disease Area ... 1. Lipitor (Pfizer) Cholesterol Reduction $12.9 +6% ...
... - Are state government information technology consolidation projects bound ... the CIO for the State of Wisconsin, has indicated ... not unusual for large state projects. He has plenty ... CIOs, but are cost overruns, implementation delays, and outright ...
Cached Biology Technology:California group says ruling weakens WARF's stem cell patent 2California group says ruling weakens WARF's stem cell patent 3California group says ruling weakens WARF's stem cell patent 4Big Pharma's continued hunger and search for new products 2Big Pharma's continued hunger and search for new products 3Big Pharma's continued hunger and search for new products 4State IT failures are not inevitable 2State IT failures are not inevitable 3State IT failures are not inevitable 4State IT failures are not inevitable 5
... is compatible with BioTeks microplate washers, ... of use and walkaway automation are ... When used with the ELx405 washer ... Bio-Stacks small footprint fits easily in ...
... ELx50 is a fast and versatile automated ... our patented Dual-ActionTM 16-channel manifold. This breakthrough ... dispense and aspiration manifolds for overfill washing ... 384-well formats. The problem of fitting dispense ...
... Varians unique collision reaction interface (CRI) ... of troublesome spectroscopic interferences. The result ... without the worry of complex multipole ... cells. And, by coupling autotuning of ...
a1-Antitrypsin (human, alpha-1 AT)...
Biology Products: