Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) for Synthetic Biology

The following list of ELSI priorities builds on a workshop held on November 8-9, 2010, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. The workshop culminated in a July 2011 report, Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology: What Lies Ahead?, which identified potential challenges and pressing research needs. Following the workshop, an online survey was conducted to gather further input about which ELSI issues should be considered in the context of synthetic biology. The list of priorities below integrates the workshop-generated ideas with the online input. The results of this anonymous survey will be analyzed and compiled into a report, which will be released in mid- to late-May 2012.
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