Journal article

Point of View: A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering

Bonnie C Wintle, Christian R Boehm, Catherine Rhodes, Jennifer C Molloy, Piers Millett, Laura Adam, Rainer Breitling, Rob Carlson, Rocco Casagrande, Malcolm Dando, Robert Doubleday, Eric Drexler, Brett Edwards, Tom Ellis, Nicholas G Evans, Richard Hammond, Jim Haseloff, Linda Kahl, Todd Kuiken, Benjamin R Lichman Show all

ELIFE | ELIFE SCIENCES PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Advances in biological engineering are likely to have substantial impacts on global society. To explore these potential impacts we ran a horizon scanning exercise to capture a range of perspectives on the opportunities and risks presented by biological engineering. We first identified 70 potential issues, and then used an iterative process to prioritise 20 issues that we considered to be emerging, to have potential global impact, and to be relatively unknown outside the field of biological engineering. The issues identified may be of interest to researchers, businesses and policy makers in sectors such as health, energy, agriculture and the environment.

University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Templeton World Charity Foundation


Awarded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals


Awarded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council


Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Templeton World Charity Foundation TWCF0128/AB82 Bonnie C Wintle Catherine Rhodes Sean S OhEigeartaighGates Cambridge Trust Christian R BoehmBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals BB/M017702/1 Rainer Breitling Philip Shapira Eriko TakanoBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Institute Strategic Johnathan A. Programme Napier Grant BBS/E/C/00005207 Johnathan A. Napier