Power and responsibility
Peter Parker and Uncle Ben are on my mind. The reason is that is that a month ago I was jumped by Craig Venter. There were TV cameras around. The live audience was an interesting, edgy mix, on the interface between "technology", meaning computer technology, and culture/ media/ journalism; I had just given a closely prepared talk on the history, promises, and perils of biology, 20 minutes from solar system formation to origin of life to photosynthesis to agriculture to Asilomar to now; and I had paid particular attention to the existing threat from remade and lightly engineered viruses, and the various technology-empowered approaches that could contribute to a defense against unpredictable viral and bacterial pathogens. The whole set of ways the defense strategy needs to shift.
A commentary from Roger Brent on synthetic biology and its relation to issues of personal responsibility and biological security.
synthetic biology, responsibility
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