See Inside February 2010

Life from a Test Tube? The Real Promise of Synthetic Biology

Scientists are closing in on the ability to make life from scratch, with potential consequences both good and bad

I have always felt that, aside from research that violates universal human mores, when it comes to technological applications, that which can be done will be done. What we need to do is rigorously attempt to anticipate what may be possible so that we can minimize the risks and maximize the benefits. We need to walk into the future, no matter how unnerving, with open eyes if society is to keep pace with technology.

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