The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has organized a committee dedicated to studying the manipulation of biological functions, systems, or microorganisms which produce harmful agents or toxins. Living Computing Project team members, Peter Carr and Douglas Densmore are two of the appointed fourteen individuals to take on this research project.
The committee's study will ultimately aid the U.S. Department of Defense's Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) in preparing for ever-changing biodefense threats in synthetic biology. Researchers seek to answer three vital questions:
- What are any possible security concerns with regard to synthetic biology in the near future?
- How long can we expect these concerns to reach full development and in what time frame will they occur?
- What steps can we take to mitigate these potential concerns?
For more information regarding the committee's proposal and project updates, please visit this page.