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Public Health (05-02-2010)

Workshop on Synthetic Biology ´From Science to Governance´ – Registration now Open!

Today, registration opens for the workshop on Synthetic Biology "From Science to Governance". This workshop, organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers will take place on 18-19 March 2010 in Brussels.
Synthetic Biology is an exciting new area of research which brings together many scientific disciplines, ranging from biology and basic research to engineering and designed solutions. Developments in this field are rapid, with applications in a wide range of areas: from biofuel production, to vaccine development; from landmines detection to the treatment of malaria patients.
The workshop brings together leading scientists and experts on the social, legal and ethical issues linked to synthetic biology. The event will provide updates on recent developments in scientific research and on how these developments will be used in industrial applications. The multidisciplinary nature of this issue raises challenges at regulatory and social levels. Approaches to possible governance needs will be discussed during dedicated sessions.
For more information on the draft programme and registration, please go to the workshop's webpage.