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Synthetic biology in Society

Ethical and Social Implications related to synthetic biology are the subjects of many debates and studies. From the emergence of synthetic biology, the scientific community has been concerned with these issues among which we can identify: biosafety & biosecurity, the definitions of life, the border between the natural and the artificial, the social responsibility of scientists, environmental changes, economic justice, ownership of organisms issued from synthetic biology, establishment of a dialog with the general public. It is noteworthy that most of these questions have also concerned genetic engineering, nanotechnology and biotechnology in general.

 iSSB has been involved since its creation, in the reflections on ethical and social issues of Synthetic Biology, by various means that are detailed in this section.

Ethical and social implications of Synthetic Biology have also to be addressed at early stages of higher education in Synthetic Biology programs. Courses and lectures on these subjects are integrated in the program of the master in Systems and Synthetic Biology (mSSB).

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   Congratulations to the iGEM-Evry 2018 team that was nominated for the "best composite part" price, and that won a Gold Medal at the final world iGEM jamboree. To follow their work, please visit their wiki.


 The annual spring School on advances in Systems and Synthetic Biology (aSSB) becomes an autumn School, on November 18-22, 2019.

 iSSB is pleased to announce the creation of the spin-off Synovance, founded by two former iSSB researchers.

 The spin-off of iSSB Inovactis, founded by two former mSSB students, won the national competition I-Lab 2017 organized each year by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research to encourage the most innovative technologies.

  Based on publications in synthetic biology, an independent study (Nov 2015) found that iSSB ranks 3rd lab in Europe and 9th in the world, despite a comparatively small size.